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Palestinian detainee tested positive for coronavirus

RAMALLAH, Sunday, July 12, 2020 (WAFA) – A sick Palestinian political detainee at the Israeli prison of Gilboa has been tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), today said the Palestinian Authority’s Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission.

Hasan Abd Rabbo, spokesman for the Commission, told WAFA that the Commission’s lawyers are following up on the health condition of Kamal Abu Wa’ar and the source of infection.

Abu Wa’ar, who is suffering from throat cancer and is serving a life sentence, was recently taken by prison authorities to a hospital in Ramle due to his deteriorating health condition, where he was tested positive for COVID-19.

“We’ve repeatedly warned against a coronavirus outbreak among the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention, as the source of infection comes from the Israeli prison’s staff themselves as they come into contact with the outside environment,” Abd Rabbo told WAFA in a phone call.

The Commission said in a statement it has requested information from the Israeli Prison Service regarding the medical condition of Abu Wa’ar and demanded the occupation authorities to immediately release him.

Last year, Abu Wa’ar started to develop symptoms of throat cancer, and consequently started receiving radiotherapy. At the times he was moved to hospital, Israeli guards would move him handcuffed without any consideration to his critical health status, the Commission added. He has since lost a great amount of weight and started to have a  speaking difficulty.

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