RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian health ministry on Sunday reported 10 new deaths associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), 1,806 new positive tests and 2,842 recoveries in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the last 24 hours.
According to the ministry’s daily report, two of the victims who died of the virus are from the West Bank and eight from Gaza.
Moreover, 75 critically ill COVID-19 patients are being treated in intensive care units and 10 of them have been placed on ventilators.
An additional 220 patients are also receiving medical care in hospitals and special COVID-19 treatment centers.
91.7 percent of the total cases have recovered from the disease, while the rate of active cases has reached 7.3 percent and the rate of deaths is 1.0 percent of the total cases, according to data updated today by the ministry.
JENIN, (PIC) – Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) close to Mevo Dotan checkpoint in Ya’bad village, to the south west of Jenin, on Sunday evening. IOF soldiers fired stun grenades and tear gas at the youths and a number of them suffered breathing problems.
Other confrontations were witnessed in al-Jalama checkpoint, to the north east of Jenin, which has witnessed many conformations lately.
The IOF arrested the child Hilal Salah, 15, and Ziad Abu Salah from Ya’bad village.
Meanwhile, Jenin city witnessed armed confrontations during the raid of IOF into the city. IOF announced that many of their vehicles were damaged by resistance bullets.
RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Mikdad Qawasme has entered his third month of hunger strike in Israeli jails on Monday in rejection of his administrative detention, without trial or charge.
The 24-year-old Qawasme, an ex-prisoner, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces in January this year and held in six months administrative detention at the end of which the detention was renewed for another six months.
Qawasme is suffering difficult health conditions due to his hunger strike that entered the 61st day on Monday and is being held in ICU at the Ramle prison hospital.
The detainee has lost 15 kilograms of his weight and suffers difficulty in breathing and pain all over his body. He already suffers from migraine and stomach and eye problems.
The Asra Media office, which caters for Palestinian prisoners’ affairs in Israeli jails, held the Israeli occupation authority responsible for the lives of Qawasme and all other prisoners on hunger strike.
Al-Nakhala reiterated that the Palestinian resistance is doing its best to free them along with all the prisoners. “Freedom is waiting for you,” he said, “the Palestinians and resistance from Jenin to Gaza are working to free you.”
Concluding his message, he warned Israel against any aggression against the prisoners and stressed that “the next battle with the Israeli occupation is coming soon.”
Palestinian activists yesterday launched campaigns and petitions calling for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to step down after 15 years in office, Safa news agency reported.
Palestinian writer and activist Mohammad Shoukry said: “Such campaigns and petitions are part of the rights enshrined to the Palestinian people.”
“Abbas himself gave us this right when he said in a TV show that when there are ten people taking to the streets calling for me to step down, I will step down.”
Shoukry continued: “In the recent months, all of us have seen hundreds taking to the streets in Ramallah calling for him to step down following his involvement in the murder to activist Nizar Banat.”
“We have seen how the West Bank could not protect the escaped Palestinian prisoners because Abbas, his PA, and security services chased and fought every popular incubator of the resistance against the Israeli occupation.”
Shoukry accused Abbas of “disregarding all the popular calls for him to step down.”
Abbas, he explained, “deprived the Palestinians of their basic rights, including the right to carry out elections as he postponed them more than once because he wanted elections on his own terms.”
The activists stressed that the Palestinians have the right to choose their representatives.
“The Palestinians deserve to have a president who represents their real choices and believes in their right to all the Palestinian lands, including Jerusalem.”
Abbas’s term as PA president ended on 9 January 2009, but he did not give up his post to the parliament speaker, as stipulated by Palestinian law, and has been using the internal division as a pretext to prevent carrying out presidential or parliamentary elections.