WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Palestinian inmate Maher Saasaa has died after recently receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and ex-Detainees’ Affairs, Anadolu Agency reported.
The Israel Prisons Service announced late Wednesday the death of Saasaa, 45, from Qalqilah, in northern West Bank.
The family of the Palestinian inmate said he was exposed to medical negligence during his detention for more than 15 years.
Saasaa was the father of six children.
Holding the Zionist regime accountable for Saasa’s death, advocacy groups said the Palestinian prisoner — who had received a coronavirus shot a day earlier — was suffering from several chronic illnesses as a result of unhealthy conditions in Israeli jails.
Saasa’s case will be followed on to find out the reason for and suspects behind his death, according to the groups.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said delegates are still visiting jails and facilitating the transmission of messages between detainees and families since visits were stopped at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
It said it has visited more than 95% of jails and detention centers, ICRC spokesman in Palestine, Yahya Maswadeh, told Anadolu Agency.
"We are in intensive contact with the Israeli jails services about the plan for vaccination of Palestinian inmates, and we give our recommendations for giving priority for vulnerable groups inside the jails,” Maswadeh added.
The Zionist regime decided to start vaccinating prisoners in different jails but risks remain and the numbers of infected detainees have been increasing recently, Abu-Baker told Anadolu Agency.
A large number of Palestinian prisoners have over the past months been infected with the coronavirus due to the negligence of the Zionist regime authorities, with reports saying the number of cases has reached more than 230 people.
The United Nations has already called for the protection of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails and detention facilities amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Over 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.