The health of Gaza announces the recovery of 3 persons with corona and the stability of the health of the remaining nine

The Gaza Ministry of Health announced that 3 of the 12 people infected with Coronavirus in the Gaza Strip have recovered.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Youssef Abu Al-Rish in a press statement today, Friday, that the conditions of the remaining nine cases in the isolation hospital are reassuring and stable.

Abu Al-Rish called on the concerned authorities to stand up to their responsibilities in enhancing the medicinal balances, medical consumables, protection supplies, laboratory supplies, and materials for testing the Corona virus and medical equipment spare parts, and appealed for the provision of 100 respirators and 140 beds of intensive care to tackle the Corona virus urgently.

He explained that the health requirements to confront the Corona virus exceed our limited capabilities with the continued Israeli blockade, which requires effective international action to provide 23 million dollars to support our urgent needs.

(Source / 03.04.2020) 

Al-Khudari: $ 200 million in Gaza losses due to Corona

Jamal Al-Khudari, head of the People’s Committee to Face the Siege in the Gaza Strip, said on Friday that the economic losses in the sector amounted to 200 million dollars during the past month due to measures to confront the Corona virus, as well as the ongoing Israeli blockade on Gaza.

Al-Khudari explained in a press statement to him, that these losses are direct and indirect, and include all economic sectors, industrial, commercial, contracting, tourism and others.

He pointed out that the majority of businesses are stalled, and that the economic stalemate is controlling the sector, and that this coincides with a scarcity of liquidity, in addition to the continuation of the blockade.

He pointed out that unemployment and poverty rates have increased more than they were, indicating that the current situation is catastrophic and requires work to pressure the occupation to end the siege, and Arab, Islamic and international solidarity to relief the sector and provide it with medical, food and humanitarian needs.

Al-Khudari called on UNRWA to increase food allocations, work with donors to urge them to fulfill their obligations and increase food and drug allocations, calling on the Ministry of Social Development to work with the relevant authorities and Arab and Islamic countries, to support and compensate the segments that were directly affected in order to enhance their resilience, and increase the segment of families benefiting from support to meet This case is unprecedented.

(Source / 03.04.2020) 

Eastern Mediterranean countries praise Palestine´s actions to tackle Corona virus

Minister of Health Mai Al-Keela reviewed during a video conference conference with the WHO Eastern Mediterranean, Palestine’s preparations to combat the Corona virus and limit its spread.

The Regional Director of the World Health Organization for the Eastern Mediterranean, Ahmed bin Salem Al-Manzari, called for a videoconference to discuss the crisis of the “COFED-19” outbreak at the global and regional levels.

During the meeting, the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region praised the efforts made by Palestine to confront the virus, by starting work from the zero hour through strict measures to address the spread of the virus.

The representative reviewed the situation of the virus in Palestine and the number of infections, pointing to the shortage of test materials for the Corona virus, calling on friendly countries to help Palestine in this area.

During the meeting, she presented the ministry’s plans to deal with Palestinian workers returning from their workplaces within the 48 lands, and the government’s efforts to control the epidemic and limit its spread.

The meeting started with an opening speech delivered by WHO Regional Director Ahmed Al-Manzari, after which the Director of Health Emergencies at the Regional Office Richard Brennan reviewed the latest developments in the region, procedures, restrictions, challenges and ways to move forward to reduce the spread of the Corona virus and seek to eliminate it.

The meeting discussed various aspects of the current pandemic, and some key strategic measures have been reached that further coordinate collective efforts. The meeting also contributed to identifying areas in which Member States can facilitate WHO or country need actions in the region.

State plans, precautionary and preventive measures to protect against the Corona virus were discussed, and the importance of being prepared to deal with developments, and continuing to work hard to support the organization’s directions to limit the spread of the virus, to protect members of societies in countries of the world from this epidemic and ways to prevent its spread.

(Source / 03.04.2020) 

OCHA: $34m needed to counter coronavirus spread in Palestine

A group of volunteer youth carry out disinfection work during the coronavirus pandemic in Gaza on 29 March 2020 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

A group of volunteer youth carry out disinfection work during the coronavirus pandemic in Gaza on 29 March 2020

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) announced that the response plan prepared by the Regional Humanitarian Team to counter the coronavirus, requires $34 million to prevent the further spread of the virus in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The United Nations (UN) stressed in a report that the Palestinian health system’s ability to deal with an expected increase in the number of patients remains severely limited due to the long-term challenges and critical shortages it is experiencing, especially in the Gaza Strip.

“The West Bank and occupied Jerusalem include the most vulnerable groups, whose condition may require extensive medical care, including the elderly, people suffering from hypertension, lung diseases, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” explained OCHA.

It further described that people living in refugee camps and other poor and densely populated areas across the occupied Palestinian territories are at a greater risk of infection, due to overcrowding and poor sanitation systems.

READ: Israel links coronavirus aid for Gaza to recovering soldiers 

The UN pointed out that on 27 March, the Regional Humanitarian Team in the occupied Palestinian land launched an adjusted version of the inter-agency response plan to tackle COVID-19, covering the next three months.

The organisation indicated that the team launched an appeal to provide $34 million to prevent further transmission of the virus in the occupied Palestinian land, to provide adequate care to infected patients and to support their families, to mitigate the worst effects of this pandemic.

The UN confirmed that until now, 24 per cent of the response plan prepared by the Regional Humanitarian Team has been funded, including a provision of $4.8 million that will soon be granted by the Humanitarian Fund, after redirecting the first standard allocations allocated by the fund.

UNRWA has also launched an urgent independent appeal, requesting $14 million to cover COVID-19 interventions in its five areas of operations, for the next ninety days.

(Source / 03.04.2020) 

10 Palestinian detainees launch hunger strike protest lack of coronavirus protection

Palestinians gather for a demonstration to demand coronavirus (COVID-19) protection for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in Gaza City, Gaza on 19 March 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians gather for a demonstration to demand coronavirus (COVID-19) protection for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in Gaza City, Gaza on 19 March 2020

Ten Palestinian political prisoner at Ofer Detention Centre, southwest of Ramallah, launched an open ended hunger strike to protest against the ongoing solitary confinement of two detainees, as well as against Israel’s failure to protect them against the coronavirus, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) announced yesterday.

More prisoners have vowed to join the hunger strike if the demands of demands remain unmet, PPS said.

Nineteen-year-old Palestinian, Nour Sarsour, from Beitunia near Ramallah, tested positive for coronavirus after his release from prison on Tuesday. The Israel Prison Service failed to test him for the virus and he may have infected other detainees.

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On Tuesday, PPS raised its concerns for the wellbeing of the 5,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails saying they are not being protected against the spread of COVID-19.

READ: Israel tells Palestinian prisoners, ‘Use your socks to make masks,’ as neglect continues

(Source / 03.04.2020) 

PA extends state of emergency amid fears of rising coronavirus cases

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a press conference on Trump's so called peace plan in Ramallah, West Bank on 28 January 2020. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 28 January 2020

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced he has issued a decree extending the state of emergency for another month in the occupied territories, Wafa news agency reported.

The move comes in an effort to enable the health and security services to bring the spread of the coronavirus under control amid fears of a rise in the number of cases.

“We have decided to extend the state of emergency for 30 days throughout the occupied Palestinian territories to confront the coronavirus outbreak,” read Article (1) of the presidential decree.

READ: Calls for Israel to release sick Palestinian prisoners

“The competent authorities shall continue to take all necessary measures to tackle the risks arising from the pandemic outbreak, protect the public health, and bring about security and stability,” read Article (2) of the presidential decree.

As part of the new measures, a curfew will be put in place from 5pm to 10am with shops ordered to close in line with the new rules. Pharmacies are exempt.

The total number of confirmed cases in the occupied territories rose to 161 last night after a 60-year-old resident of Beitunia town, west of Ramallah, tested positive for the virus. The resident had contracted the virus after being in touch with a worker who tested positive after returning from his workplace in Israel.

READ: Palestinians, curfews and self-discipline 

Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said that the continued movement of workers between Israel and the West Bank was a “severe blow” to his government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

About 15 to 20 per cent of employed Palestinians work in Israel or in illegal settlements.

(Source / 03.04.2020) 

‘Israel’: No coronavirus aid for Gaza unless captured soldiers recovered

“In Gaza, we have sharp minds and wills and we will not need Neftali Bennett,” Head of Hamas replied

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The occupation state on Wednesday linked allowing any coronavirus assistance into the Gaza Strip to progress in its attempt to recover two Israeli soldiers captured during the 2014 Israeli war on the Palestinian enclave, according to Reuters.

Gaza’s health-care system is near collapse after several wars and 13 years of siege, which have stymied any potential for long-term economic development.

The territory’s health ministry has repeatedly warned that it is ill-equipped to combat the spread of the disease owing to acute shortages of medicines, laboratory supplies and other equipment used to carry out coronavirus examinations.

The Palestinian government has closed the Gaza border to non-essential traffic as a precaution against the spread of the infection.

“The moment there is talk of the humanitarian world in Gaza – Israel also has humanitarian needs, which are mainly the recovery of the fallen,” Defence Minister Naftali Bennett claimed, referring to the Israeli occupying soldiers, who were captured by the resistance during the Israeli 2014 aggression.

“And I think that we need to enter a broad dialogue about Gaza’s and our humanitarian needs. It would not be right to disconnect these things … and certainly, our hearts would be open to many things.”

Hamas said returning the two soldiers – as well as two Israeli civilians who crossed into the territory – would require negotiating a prisoner swap and would not be done in exchange for humanitarian aid.

“Israel bears responsibility for any consequences should the disease spread in Gaza because it has been blockading it for 13 years,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.

“A prisoner swap deal is a separate track,” he said.

The Head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, replied to the Israeli threats saying “we will take what we need against their wishes”.

“We don’t need anything from the occupation”, Sinwar added. “In Gaza, we have sharp minds and wills and we will not need Neftali Bennett.”

Sinwar added that “the moment we find ourselves in need for ventilators, we will let 6 million Israeli settlers suffer.”

(Source / 03.04.2020) 

Gaza: No new injuries, more samples taken

Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, confirmed this evening, Thursday, that no new cases of the new Corona virus had been recorded.

Al-Qudra said in a press briefing, that the Ministry and government institutions have tightened their daily precautionary measures to counter the virus, explaining that the medical teams are following up on health in 1864 within the quarantine centers, of whom 1108 are sick in hotels, health centers and hospitals within their preventive measures.

He pointed out that the epidemiological surveillance and the withdrawal of continuous laboratory samples for the hosts in the quarantine centers, which amounted to 845 samples, were mostly negative, and contributed to discovering the infected cases without showing symptoms to them, which confirms the safety of the precautionary measures taken to immunize the community.

He reassured the citizens that the health status of 12 people with coronavirus in the Isolation Hospital was reassuring and stable.

Al-Qudra said that the health requirements to confront the Corona virus exceed our limited capabilities with the continued Israeli blockade, which requires effective international action to provide 23 million dollars to support our urgent needs.

He demanded that the concerned authorities stand up to their responsibilities in enhancing the medicinal balances, medical consumables and protective supplies, and for the supply of laboratories, corona virus testing materials, and medical device parts, noting that the Gaza Ministry of Health urgently needs to provide 100 artificial respirators and 140 intensive care beds to counter the Corona virus.

(Source / 02.04.2020) 

Gaza: calling for relief and assistance for workers affected by Corona

The General Federation of Palestinian Trade Unions in the Gaza Strip, today, Thursday, called on the government to work to help workers who were affected by the spread of the emerging Corona virus.

In a statement, the union pointed out that several vital sectors were affected by the spread of the epidemic, and caused tens of thousands of workers to stop their work, and dozens of workshops, factories, restaurants and others stopped.

The Federation called on the government to consider the category of workers as a disaster and affected category in light of the spread of the epidemic, calling for the allocation of an emergency fund to address the effects of this epidemic and compensate the affected workers.

He also called on the relevant authorities in Gaza to allocate part of the Qatari grant to help affected workers.

(Source / 02.04.2020) 

Archbishop Hanna Calls For Releasing All Detainees As Coronavirus Detected In Prison

Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of occupied Jerusalem, Attallah Hanna, issued a statement calling on Israel to release the Palestinian political prisoners in its jails, especially after a recently released detainee was found to be infected with the Coronavirus.

The Archbishop said that Israel must release all detainees before it is too late, especially since the political prisoners already face very dire conditions and are deprived of basic rights guaranteed by all international laws and treaties.

He added that the fact that a detainee, who was released just days ago, was found to be infected with the virus, calls for immediate action and serious measures, including their release to their families.

The detainee, Noureddin Sarsour, from Betunia town, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, gave his consent to the lawyers to reveal his identity, the  Palestinian Committee for Detainees and Ex-Detainees has confirmed.

“Here in occupied Palestine, we cannot just stand and watch while this disaster ravages among the detainees, in their small, dirty, overcrowded rooms, and cells,” Hanna stated, “We, therefore, call on all legal and human rights groups, in addition to all religious institutions, and every person or group that defends human rights, to unite and combine their efforts to secure the release of all detainees, especially as this disease is becoming like a rapidly ticking time bomb.”

The archbishop reiterated his call for all organizations and groups in Palestine, the Arab world and all around the globe, to act immediately to secure the release of all detainees.

The Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails are constantly facing harsh living conditions and are denied the right to proper and specialized medical treatment.

Last year, a Palestinian detainee from Gaza, identified as Fares Mohammad Baroud, 51, who has been held by Israel since 1991, died from serious complications resulting from being denied required specialized medical attention.

His death brings the number of detainees who died in Israeli prisons since the year 1967 to 218, including 63 who died after being denied the required essential medical treatment.

It is worth mentioning that, in another statement, the Archbishop called for the immediate lifting of the deadly Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip, to alleviate the suffering of around 2 Million Palestinians, the majority of them living in poverty and dire conditions.

(Source / 02.04.2020)