25 Cases of COVID-19 Among Palestinian Detainees in Israeli Prison

Palestinian women wearing protective face mask walks beside Israeli officers in Jerusalem. Reuters.
Palestinian women wearing protective face mask walks beside Israeli officers in Jerusalem. Reuters.
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25 Cases of COVID-19 Among Palestinian Detainees in Israeli Prison

Palestinian women wearing protective face mask walks beside Israeli officers in Jerusalem. Reuters.
Palestinian women wearing protective face mask walks beside Israeli officers in Jerusalem. Reuters.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) announced Sunday that 25 new COVID-19 cases were registered among Palestinian detainees in an Israeli prison in the Naqab desert.

The new infections raised the total number of Palestinian prisoners who have contracted the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic to 171, according to the PPs.

It also noted that the Israeli prison authorities had moved all of the infected prisoners to section 8 in neighboring Ramon prison, but said it has not received any information about their health conditions.

PPS stressed that there was a real danger to the lives and health conditions of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention facilities, given the lack of proper health measures.

It further called on the international human rights organizations, the World Health Organization and the United Nations to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to release all sick and elderly Palestinian prisoners.

For her part, the Palestinian Minister of Health, Mai Al-Keela, also warned about the danger of the virus outbreak among Palestinian detainees, highlighting major overcrowding in prisons.

Al-Keela stressed that “all Israeli prisons are vulnerable to becoming centers of the epidemic, which means that all Palestinian prisoners are highly vulnerable to infection with the COVID-19, and this puts their lives in danger, especially the sick prisoners, who amount to 700, especially chronic patients and cancer patients.”

She also called on the international community to pressure the occupation over the immediate release of the sick and elderly prisoners to form a neutral medical committee to supervise the results of the prisoners’ samples and their health conditions.



Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
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Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed

Israel renewed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip Tuesday, after the United States renewed its criticism of its ally over the high civilian casualty toll of the war.

Residents told AFP of Israeli warplanes striking central Gaza and artillery fire hitting the territory's south, while medics said they pulled multiple bodies from the rubble of the latest bombardment.

Hours earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told two top Israeli officials that casualties among Palestinian civilians "still remain unacceptably high".

"We continue to see far too many civilians killed in this conflict," spokesman Matthew Miller said after Blinken meth Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi.

Washington has been pushing for a truce between Israel and Hamas.

But Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that the group was pulling out of indirect talks for a deal in protest at recent Israeli "massacres", including a massive strike on Sunday that the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said killed at least 92 people.

Haniyeh said Hamas stood ready to return to the indirect talks once Israel "demonstrates seriousness in reaching a ceasefire agreement and a prisoner exchange deal".

After the latest deadly strikes, medics from the Palestinian Red Crescent said they recovered four bodies from a house outside the southern city of Khan Yunis and another from Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza.

The Israeli military said that over the previous 24 hours its air force struck "approximately 40 terror targets" in Gaza. They included "sniping posts, observation posts, Hamas military structures, terror infrastructure, and buildings rigged with explosives".

It said its troops were also continuing targeted raids in the far-southern city of Rafah and in the central Gaza Strip.