Ramallah, ALRAY - Palestinian detainee Fouad al-Shobaki, 82, who is quarantined in an Israeli prison, is in a critical condition after contracting the coronavirus, Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said Tuesday.
Al-Shobaki was infected with Covid-19 after being in contact with a prison guard who was transferring him to an Israeli hospital last week, so as to undergo a surgery in his eye.
The Commission held the Israeli occupation fully responsible for Al-Shobaki’s health, particularly as he suffers from prostate cancer and health, stomach and eye problems and is in a dire need for health care.
The Commission called on human rights and legal groups to intensify their efforts and place pressure on the Israeli occupation government to release sick Palestinian detainees, especially the elderly ones, and dispatch an international medical committee to follow their health conditions amid the surge in Covid-19 infections among them.
After being jailed in the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Jericho prison for four years, the former financial consultant of the late Palestinian President Yassir Arafat ended up in an Israeli prison after being abducted from Jericho prison by Israeli occupation forces on 14 March 2006.
After his detention, al-Shobaki, who was born in the Gaza Strip, was transferred to the notorious Israeli prison of Al-Moskobiya for interrogation.
The number of Covid-19 infections among Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons has jumped to 290 since the outbreak of the deadly virus.
Last Wednesday, 45-year-old Palestinian detainee Maher Saasaa, from the West Bank city of Qalqilya, died inside “Rimonim” prison after recently receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
According to Palestinian figures, over 4,500 Palestinians, including 40 women and 170 children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention jails.
At least 700 of the prisoners suffer from chronic illnesses and require regular medical care, 10 of them are suffering from different types of cancer.