40 cases of “Corona” of children out of 252 cases in Palestine

The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that the number of confirmed cases of “Corona” virus in Palestine has risen to 252 infected, after registering 15 new cases of the coronary virus emerging on Monday morning.

A government spokesman in Ramallah, Ibrahim Melhem, said that 15 new cases of Corona virus have been registered today, raising the death toll to 252 cases since the outbreak of the disease in Palestine.

Melhem added in a press statement this morning that the injuries were distributed in the areas: Bedouin, northwest of Jerusalem, one injury, Al-Jadira village, northwest of Jerusalem, 6 injuries, Qatana village, northwest of Jerusalem 4, and the town of Bani Naim, Hebron Governorate 3, and the village of Khirbet Abu Falah, Ram Governorate God is one hit.

For his part, Kamal Al-Shakhra, Director General of Primary Care at the Ministry of Health, said that among the injured are 40 children and 183 injured, ages 18-59 in the West Bank .

Al-Shukhara indicated in the morning press briefing today that the Bedouin, Qatana, Al-Jadira (Jerusalem District) and Betonia (west of Ramallah) towns have become fully endemic areas after the virus has spread in them to encompass entire families. Calling not to wander in these areas .

He revealed that the random samples that were taken by the Ministry of Health from Yatta in the far south of the West Bank to Jenin in the far north indicated that there are a small number of individuals in this sample infected with corona. He pointed out that the results of the examinations of this sample will be announced at a later time .

 He noted that the contacts that took place with the Israeli crew revealed that they did not carry out checks for the crews working in poultry slaughterhouses in the settlement of Attarot, south of Ramallah, and the country in occupied Palestine in 48, to find out the reason for the spread of the disease in the factories and in the families of the workers quickly.

He stressed that all those infected with Coronavirus are in a good and stable condition, noting that there are 4 cases in intensive care at the “Hugo Chavez” hospital north of Ramallah, and their condition is stable until this morning. He noted that 12 new cases had recovered, “and they will be examined to ensure their recovery.”

However, “some tests were carried out on the previously injured patients at the National Center, Hugo Chavez Hospital and Tulkarm. We have 12 patients whose samples are recovering, pending their third examination.”

Regarding the regression of the disease:

“We are awaiting the arrival of the last worker from the inside, and if the smuggling of workers happens again, the ceiling of surrounding the disease cannot be determined. This depends on the closure of the borders and the full barriers, but it is clear that the Israelis are not concerned with that,” he said.

He stressed: “Until Wednesday, it will be a return for the workers, and we will, within 10 days of the last day of their entry, study the whole areas in order to take samples from them to make sure there are no cases. Commitment to the compulsory home quarantine for all workers to protect their families, which is the only way to block the virus.”

In turn, the spokesman for the “Ramallah Interior”, Ghassan Nimer, indicated that the number of children infected with “Corona” has reached 40 children as of this morning, in addition to 23 patients over the age of 60 and 183 between 18-59 years.

Nimer stated in the press briefing that 99 confirmed cases of “corona” in the occupied Jerusalem suburbs, 58 in Ramallah and Al-Bireh, 13 in Hebron, 52 in Bethlehem, 5 Tulkarem, 5 Nablus, 12 Gaza Strip, and one case in Salfit and Jenin .

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Hamdouneh: The occupying power is almost the only one in the world that holds prisoners

Raafat Hamdouna, director of the Prisoners Studies Center, said today, Monday, that the Israeli occupation authorities are almost the only ones in the world that keep prisoners in their prisons despite repeated calls from international human rights organizations to release Palestinian prisoners from prisons in light of concerns. The large number of corona virus outbreaks in places of detention is due to overcrowding and poor health facilities worldwide.

Hamdouna pointed out in a press statement to him that most of the countries of the world released the prisoners in their prisons, at the instigation of Amnesty International and human rights organizations, in order to protect the prisoners from the spread of infection, due to the danger and prison workers complaining about the loss of means of protection, in light of the health emergency that Governments and systems are empowered to take measures they deem appropriate to combat the epidemic and the exceptional risks posed by a lack of hygiene in the cells, overcrowded corridors, and infection of inmates in contact with the injured in society.

And that the occupation authorities exceed the health principles recommended by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which was taken according to a vision and project of the World Health Organization not to preserve the individual when there are harmful effects on his health, which were granted to him by international treaties and covenants, such as the right to health care, and protection from infectious and dangerous diseases such as a virus HIV, the right to the highest possible standard of health and care for prisoners, non-discrimination, privacy and confidentiality.

Hamdouna stressed that the occupation authorities do not preserve and transcend those principles, as they recommended the release of criminal prisoners, especially Jews, and did not release a single Palestinian prisoner, or even a detainee under the name of administrative detention without an indictment and a secret file, or a prisoner of eighty years of age, or even A cancer patient, despite the real risks of transmitting the infection from the prisoners who come into contact with the infected community from outside the prisons.

The director of the Prisoners Studies Center called on international institutions to pressure the occupation authorities to release Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons in anticipation of infection due to the spread of the virus in Israel, and for the presence of hundreds of prisoners who are sick with chronic diseases and dozens of elderly people, required to provide preventive and health mechanisms and enhance public and health services , And take preventive measures to reduce the spread of infection.

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Bronze Age cemetery discovered in West Bank village

The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the discovery of a Bronze Age cemetery in Hindaza area, east of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem on 6 April 2020 [Wafa News]

The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the discovery of a Bronze Age cemetery in Hindaza area, east of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem on 6 April 2020

A Bronze Age cemetery has been discovered in the occupied West Bank village of Hindaza near Bethlehem, the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced.

A statement from the ministry explained that a local resident found the site while he was digging foundations for his home.

When the homeowner contacted the Bethlehem Department of Antiquities, staff went to the site immediately.

Excavations confirmed that it is the location of a cemetery that dates back 3,200 years to the Bronze Age.

Archaeologists conducted an extensive search of the site to identify and examine the materials that were found. Priceless bronze and copper objects have been unearthed.

The ministry stressed the importance of preserving the site for further investigation. It is hoped that further work will shed fresh light on the health, food and life expectancy of the people of that era.

READ: Israeli settlements are ‘epicentres’ of coronavirus outbreak

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Gaza builds a bridge to safety from coronavirus

Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables 

Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in an effort to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The new system allows all fresh produce to be vacuum packed and sealed in a sterilised environment without human intervention.

The few staff members at the plant enter the area through a specially created passage which cleanses them using steam and disinfectant sprays. They then wear hazmat suits, gloves, masks and googles before beginning work.

The staff then transport the items to the consumers and local markets.

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The new passage is mobile and can be transfer to any new facility and may be rolled out to other industries in Gaza.

To ensure the system continues to operate in spite of the continuous power failures experienced in the Strip, the device operates using batteries.

There have been more than 12 reported cases of the coronavirus in the besieged Gaza Strip which is already struggling to tackle existing medical conditions following the 14-year Israeli siege imposed on it.

Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza have launched a new sterilisation process for fresh fruit and vegetables in Gaza on 7 April 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Hamas calls on PA to put differences aside during virus crisis

Palestinian workers disinfect places of worship as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus on 12 March 2020 [Ashraf Amra/ApaImages]

Palestinian workers disinfect places of worship as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus on 12 March 2020 

The head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, called on the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah on Sunday to put political differences aside and unite in the efforts to confront the coronavirus pandemic.

Haniyeh made the call during a telephone conversation with PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh to discuss the implications of the crisis.

“We, as Palestinians, are united in one trench to confront this pandemic,” Haniyeh is reported to have said.

He stressed that the safety of every Palestinian in Jerusalem, Gaza, the West Bank and abroad should be the main concern of the factions.

READ: PA bans all Israel products from its markets amid coronavirus fears

The Hamas leader also briefed Shtayyeh about the healthcare needs of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in light of the suffocating siege imposed by Israel.

The de facto government in the enclave, he explained, will do everything within its power to protect the Palestinians.

According to official records, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 stands at 226, including 12 in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Palestinians warned not to sneak in workers from Israel

Palestinian police officers wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus as they stand guard in Bethlehem, West Bank on 5 March 2020 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian police officers wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus as they stand guard in Bethlehem, West Bank on 5 March 2020

Palestinians caught smuggling workers from Israel into the occupied West Bank will be held legally accountable, the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Labour warned.

According to the Jerusalem Post, several Palestinians who were caught attempting to smuggle workers from Israel in their vehicles were arrested by the PA security forces over the past few days.

Ibrahim Ramadan, the PA governor of Nablus, expressed concern over the incidents of smuggling workers from Israel into the occupied West Bank.

“Some workers are trying to avoid being tested for the virus or forced into isolation, and this is a big problem,” Ramadan said. “They are endangering their lives and those of their families.”

READ: PA bans all Israel products from its markets amid coronavirus fears

For weeks, Palestinian officials have issued warnings that workers travelling back and forth between Israel, its settlements and their homes could fuel a larger outbreak of COVID-19.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh warned on Friday that the next two weeks would be critical with regard to the virus’ spread, as thousands of Palestinian workers are expected to return to their homes before the start of the Jewish Holiday of Passover.

The PA fears that some of the workers may have contracted the disease during their stay in Israel, and it will therefore isolate or quarantine workers returning from Israel for 14 days, and has set aside some hotels and other locations as quarantine sites, Haaretz reported.

PA Health Minister Mai Kaila said the number of people infected in the occupied West Bank has increased to 247 today.

The PA said all workers who return from Israel will be forced to take an initial health test by the Palestinian security services and medical staff waiting for them at the Israeli checkpoints, and if there are early symptoms they will be sent for a coronavirus test.

READ: Hamas calls on PA to put differences aside during virus crisis

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Committee Concerned About Health of Palestinian Prisoners

Representative of the Ramallah-based Committee for Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-prisoners, Hassan Abd Rabo, expressed on Tuesday the committee’s growing concerns over the safety of the 5,000 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails.

Abd Rabo’s remarks come amidst the internationally-spread Coronavirus, inside Israel and some Palestinian cities, towns and villages.

He was quoted as saying that up to this moment, Israeli Prisons Authority has failed to take necessary steps to provide protection for Palestinian prisoners, including sterilizing prison cells or medical check-ups for prisoners.

Recently, Palestinian prisoners’ bodies, including the said committee, have expressed a great deal of concern over the health status of Palestinian prisoners, of whom a few hundred are patients suffering from chronic diseases with weak immune systems, including women and children.

Noteworthy, the Israeli government decided late on Monday night to enforce a total lockdown on Israeli cities and towns, mainly those with high rates of Coronavirus cases, starting from Tuesday through Friday.

Israeli media reports said that the number of Coronavirus patients has reached 9006, and 60 reported deaths.

In a related statement, Abdellatif Alqanou, spokesperson for the ruling Hamas party in Gaza, was quoted earlier on Tuesday as saying that the international community should promptly pressure Israeli authorities to facilitate entry of all needed medical supplies to enable health authorities in the coastal enclave, to continue the fight against the Coronavirus.

The statement comes hours after the Gaza-based health ministry launched an appeal to all relevant international bodies to swiftly provide medical support, after Coronavirus diagnostic tools have reportedly run out of the ministry’s stores.

Worth-mentioning, Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett, earlier conditioned helping deliver medical supplies to the Israel-besieged Gaza Strip, with the release of two Israeli soldiers, who went missing back in 2014, when Israel carried out a large-scale attack on the densely populated tiny coastal enclave.

Last week, Hamas’s leader in the territory, Yehya Alsinwar, offered the Israeli occupation authorities a possible prisoner swap deal, in which Hamas may release the two missing Israeli soldiers, in return for an Israeli release of hundreds of elderly, juvenile and female prisoners. The Hamas party said on Tuesday that Israel has not yet responded. The party considered such an offer a humanitarian one that takes into account the current Coronavirus crisis, in a way that would protect the lives of those particular Palestinian prisoners.

Media reports suggested that Israel has shown willingness to start indirect negotiations with Hamas over the party’s last offer for the release of Palestinian prisoners, in return for some Israelis, missing in Gaza since Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza.

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Several Palestinians Ordered to Halt Construction in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces, on Monday, ordered a halt on the construction of several Palestinian-owned structures in Khirbet Yarza and al-Jiftlik villages in the Jordan Valley, according to sources.

Activist, Aref Daraghmeh, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli forces handed a villager, identified as Salem Abu al-Tayyib, from Khirbet Yarza, east of Tubas city, a notice ordering him to stop the construction of his agricultural and residential structures including tents.

Soldiers also handed notices to several other villagers from al-Jiftlik, north of Jericho city, ordering them to halt the construction of agricultural and residential tents and to uproot their palm trees, citing unlicensed construction as a pretext for halting construction.

It is important to note that Israel recently ordered a halt on the construction of two Palestinian houses in the villages of al-Khader and Beit Skarya, near the city of Bethlehem, southern occupied West Bank.

Article 17 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states;

  • Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  • No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

(Source / 07.04.2020)

Shipping Container Confiscated by Israeli Forces near Hebron

Israeli forces Monday, seized a shipping container and tore down a stall in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Qalqas, south of Hebron city, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

WAFA correspondent confirmed that Israeli forces escorted heavy equipment into the village, in the southern occupied West Bank, where the heavy machinery confiscated a shipping container and dismantled a stall for selling scrap, belonging to Palestinian resident, Mohammad Abu Sneineh.

It is important to note that Israeli forces also ordered many Palestinians to halt construction of their homes, in the Jordan Valley, on Monday.

According to the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Israel has demolished 6,539 Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank since 2009, displacing 10,139 Palestinian people.

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Israeli Troops Invade Parts of Gaza with Tanks, Bulldozers

Israeli troops reportedly, incurred earlier on Tuesday, into the northwestern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, with tanks and D-9 bulldozers.

Local media outlets and witnesses said that at least four army bulldozers as well as other armored vehicles, incurred several hundred meters deep into a northwestern part of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia.

Witnesses added that the invasion took place from the so-called Zekem Israeli military gate.

They also noted that the invading bulldozers embarked on razing of farm lands adjacent to the Israel-Gaza border fence.

No causalities were reported, but some damage was reported to Palestinian-owned farm lands.

Concurrently, another force of Israeli army invaded the southeastern part of Khan Younis city, southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses said that the invading force opened heavy fire on residents’ homes and farmers in the area, with no causalities reported.

A similar Israeli small-scale invasion occurred on Monday, in Khuza’a village, in the same Khan Younis area.

(Source / 07.04.2020)