[Pnews] Palestinian prisoner sets fire to cell in protest at lack of health measures
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Wed Mar 25 13:36:44 EDT 2020
prisoner sets fire to cell in protest at lack of health measures
March 25, 2020
A Palestinian political prisoner has set fire to his cell in Nafha Prison
in protest against the Israeli authorities’ failure to protect prisoners’
health during the coronavirus
*Wafa* news agency has reported. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society had
warned earlier that matters will escalate in Ofer, Negev and Nafha Prisons
where hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are “languishing” due to
The head of the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners Affairs Commission, Qadri
Abu Bakr, said that Ayman Sharabati, who is serving a life sentence, set
the room on fire when the prisoners were taking their daily walk. It was
his response to the way that the Israel Prison Service (IPS) has been
dealing with the health situation in prisons and not introducing enough
measures to prevent the spread of the virus among the prisoners. Sharabati
was immediately placed in solitary confinement.
Protest action started last week, with prisoners refusing some meals
following restrictions imposed by the prison authorities in Israel which
have made conditions even worse for Palestinian detainees. Cleaning products
for example, have been withheld, even though they are essential due to the
virus outbreak, particularly in crowded cells that already fail to meet
basic health standards.
Rights groups say that dozens of Palestinian prisoners are in need of
urgent medical care, with many suffering from serious or chronic illnesses.
Furthermore, many Palestinians claim that they have been subject to torture
and violence while in Israeli custody. There have been many protests
against poor conditions in recent years, including several hunger strikes.
According to *Al-Jazeera*, prisoners must pay for their own medical
treatment, and are not provided with adequate healthcare.
Abu Bakr added that the IPS removed doctors and nurses from the prisons,
leaving only one nurse in every establishment. He warned that if such
policies continue, it could result in more serious responses from the
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