Monday 06 December 2021

Palestinian captive tests positive for Covid-19 at Etzion detention center

There are 21 Palestinian captives currently being incarcerated at Etzion detention center under very difficult living conditions in cold and crowded cells that lack basic humanitarian standards.

A Palestinian captive behind Zionist regime’s bars at the Etzion detention center in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc between Beit-ul-lahm and Al-Khalil, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission confirmed on Monday.


Commission lawyer, Jakleen Fararjeh, said captive Yousif Mousa, from Birzeit town to the north of Ramallah, was transferred to Israeli Ramala prison, after being infected with the coronavirus.


The Israeli Prison Service at the detention center announced its cancelation of all lawyers’ visits and a halt on the intake of new prisoners for a period of 16 days.


Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that prisoners and captives should enjoy conditions of food and hygiene sufficient to maintaining good health, which should be “at least equal to those obtaining in prisons in the occupied country.”


Article 85 also emphasizes that the detaining power is bound to take all necessary and possible measures to ensure that protected persons shall, from the outset of their internment, be accommodated in buildings or quarters which afford every possible safeguard from humidity, and with sufficient warmth and lighting, in addition to having sufficient sleeping space and ventilation.





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