A Palestinian NGO said the increase in virus cases among Israeli jailers was the “ primary source of transmission ” to prisoners.
Israeli prison authorities closed Ramon prison after detecting several coronavirus infections among prisoners and guards, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS).
There was no comment from Israeli authorities, but the PPS said on Sunday that the shutdown was “a serious indication of a possible large-scale epidemic among the detainees.”
The NGO added that prison authorities would carry out coronavirus tests on prisoners.
Ramon Prison is divided into seven cells and contains 360 Palestinian prisoners.
The PPS said the increase in cases among Israeli jailers is “the primary source of transmission of the virus to prisoners”.
Israel launched its vaccination campaign last week, but its Minister of Public Security Amir Ohana on Saturday said providing prisoners with coronavirus vaccines was not a “priority.”
His comments were condemned by Hassan Abed Rabbo, media spokesman for the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Body, who said Ohana’s decision was “racist” and that another “crime was added in the long run. list against prisoners ”.
Abed Rabbo said that “the Israeli occupation government is fully responsible for the health and lives of the prisoners, and for failing to take meaningful action to protect them from the coronavirus outbreak.”
Since April, some 140 Palestinian prisoners have been infected with COVID-19, the majority in Gilboa prison in the north which has also been closed.
Israel detains approximately 4,400 Palestinians, including 41 women and 170 children, as well as 380 people held without charge or trial under its policy of administrative detention.