New Infections, Recovery From Coronavirus In Palestine Focus Of Dailies

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Confirmation of seven new cases of coronavirus in Palestine as well as the recovery of 18 cases in the West Bank was highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies today.

Al-Ayyam said that two more cases have recovered in the Gaza Strip bringing total recovered yesterday in Palestine to 20.

It said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to talk with Hamas through a third party about exchange of prisoners.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida, while also highlighting the corona recovery cases in Ramallah and Bethlehem, made the statement by the Palestinian presidency condemning Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank as its top front page story.

It also highlighted Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh also warning about the Israeli annexation plans.

The paper said 60 percent of the corona cases in Ramallah area came from Palestinian workers in Israel after their return home.

Al-Quds reported on the Israeli army raids and arrest in the West Bank, clashes with Palestinians as well as the kidnapping by Israeli settlers of two Palestinians in the village of Kubar, near Ramallah.

It said in a report quoting ARIJ, a Palestinian organization, saying that Israel is taking advantage of the corona outbreak to create dangerous facts on the ground in the occupied territories.

It also quoted rights organizations saying that Israel is responsible for the health of 14 million people between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean, and that Israel’s apartheid system is undermining Palestinian health rights during the corona pandemic.

(Source / 08.04.2020) 

UK Supports Palestinian Effort To Combat Coronavirus

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As part of efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak around the world, the UK today announced two support packages to purchase medical supplies for health systems in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The contribution, worth $1m, is being used to purchase essential medical supplies for the treatment of critical care patients.  It is also supplying material to increase Palestinian COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity.  The procurement was by UNICEF and the WHO.

Speaking in Jerusalem Consul General, Philip Hall said: “Today’s announcement underlines the UK’s commitment to standing with the Palestinian people at this challenging time.”

“This contribution will support the Palestinian Authority and UN’s strong response to the crisis.  The new equipment will help keep doctors, nurses and other frontline workers safe as they work to save lives,” he added.

Last month, the UK announced the allocation of $100,000 to support the WHO to accelerate its initial response to coronavirus on the OPTs to ensure early detection and case management of suspected COVID-19 cases.

It is also worth mentioning that the UK Government has now pledged $670m of UK aid to fight the global spread of the virus, including through research and development of vaccines, treatments and tests; supporting health systems in developing countries; and helping lessen the economic impact on the poorest nations.

(Source / 08.04.2020) 

Two new corona cases in Palestine raise total to 263

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM – The Palestinian Ministry of Health said two new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the West Bank today raising total in Palestine to 263.

It said in the daily briefing that the two confirmed cases were of a Palestinian worker in the southern West Bank city of Hebron returning from Israel and a medic in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

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The majority of the cases are in the West Bank with only 13 in the Gaza Strip. A total of 44 cases have recovered including 36 in the West Bank and eight in the Gaza Strip. One death in the West Bank.

(Source / 08.04.2020) 

Israel exploits virus to grow settlements

Israel using world’s engrossment in pandemic to expand settlements in West Bank, east Jerusalem, says joint statement 

YERUSSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM – The Arab League warned on Wednesday that as global attention is turned elsewhere amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Israel is expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The statement by the organization of 22 Arab countries came after a meeting between its Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Secretary General, Saeb Erekat.

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Aboul-Gheit and Erekat discussed the current coronavirus outbreak in Palestine, along with ongoing Israeli settlement expansion.

“The [Israeli] occupation is exploiting the world’s engrossment with the coronavirus pandemic to expand their settlements and impose new realities on the ground, especially in east Jerusalem and its surrounding areas,” said the statement.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White party, agreed to declare Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank next June as part of their agreement to form an Israeli government.

Since Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Jerusalem, the country has built 132 settlements and 121 settlement outposts for 427,000 settlers, according to the Israeli peace group.

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International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal

Since appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the virus has spread to at least 184 countries and regions, according to figures compiled by the U.S.’ Johns Hopkins University.

More than 1.43 million cases have been reported worldwide, with more than 82,100 deaths, and nearly 302,000 recoveries.

(Source / 08.04.2020) 

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.

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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)