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Iran’s Top Judge: Coronavirus Outbreak Necessitates Freeing 6,000 Palestinian Inmates

Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Rayeesi said that release of 6,000 Palestinians who are exposed to the deadly coronavirus is necessary.

“Today, we are concerned about the lives of Palestinian men and women held captive by the Zionists, especially when more than 200 women and children are behind bars under worrying conditions,” Rayeesi said in phone talk with Hamas Politburo Chief Ismayeel Haniyeh.

Noting that liberation of Holy Quds from the occupation of the Zionist regime is the most important wish of the Iranian people and the world Muslims, he said the fact that Gaza is under siege by the occupiers is unacceptable.

“In Gaza, Zionists have created biggest prison in the world where Gazans are living under difficult conditions, and what is now more concerning is threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak,” the official continued.

Expressing concern over shortage of medicine and medical equipment by the Zionist regime in Gaza, he said, “No doubt the siege on the enclave is a crime against humanity by the Zionist regime which has denied Muslims of their basic rights.”

Criticizing the UN and international organizations for keeping silent against the tyranny, he said that they prefer their political interests for human rights.

Haniyeh, for his part, appreciated the Supreme Leader and the Iranian people’s supports for the Palestinian people and Gaza, saying, “It is a sign of the Iranian nation’s awakening and vigilance.”

Referring to Gaza situation and anti-human measures against the people in the region, he said the tyranny perpetrated by Zionists will have dire consequences for them and they will be defeated by the Palestinians.

Reiterating that resistance will continue until victory over the Zionists and release of all Palestinians behind bars, he said that Iranian people has a special attention to the issue of Palestine.

On April 5, Haniyeh in a phone conversation with Advisor to the Supreme Leader on foreign affairs Ali Akbar Velayati had congratulated him over New Iranian Year and wished success for Iranians especially in fighting coronavirus disease.

Iranian health ministry announced on Thursday that the number of people infected with coronavirus in the country has increased to 66,220, reporting recovery of 32,309 patients.

“1,634 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country since yesterday based on confirmed diagnosis criteria,” Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.

He added that the number of coronavirus patients in Iran has increased to 66,220, adding that 4,110 people have lost their lives due to infection to the virus, 117 of them in the past 24 hours.

Jahanpour, meantime, said that the recovery of patients has accelerated in Iran and 29,812 infected people have been treated and dismissed from hospital.

He noted that 231,393 coronavirus diagnosis tests have been carried out in the country so far, adding that 3,918 patients infected with COVID-19 virus are in critical conditions.

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting approximately all countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has so far killed more than 88,500 people and infected over 1.51 million others globally.

The Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Although US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.

As the death toll from the virus surges, Iran intensifies its preventive safety measures. Closures of schools and most universities have been extended until late April.

The government also imposed travel restrictions, specially on Iran’s North, which is among the red zones. The country has also adopted strict digital health control procedures at airports to spot possible infections.

Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced last month that a new national mobilization plan would be implemented across the country to fight against the coronavirus epidemic and more effectively treat patients.

Namaki said that the plan will include all the 17,000 health centers and the 9,000 medical and clinical centers in all cities, suburban areas and villages.

He added that the plan will include home quarantine, noting that infected people will receive the necessary medicines and advice, but they are asked to stay at home.

Namaki said that people with a more serious condition will stay at the hospitals, adding that the public places will be disinfected, the entries of infected towns and cities will be controlled to diagnose and quarantine the infected cases.

He added that the necessary equipment and facilities have been provided, expressing the hope that the epidemic would be curbed.

According to the latest statistics of Health Ministry, the number of medical laboratories to test coronavirus infection has reached over 90 across the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says Iran’s response to the virus has so far been up to the mark. Still, it says the US sanctions are a big challenge, and Washington would be complicit in the rising death toll in Iran if it would not remove its sanctions.

The World Health Organization has considered priorities in combating coronavirus and Islamic Republic of Iran obeys and follows up priorities as defined by WHO.

The WHO is dispatching separate delegations to all countries.

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