86 infections of corona were recorded in Gaza

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced this morning, Saturday, that 86 new cases of Coronavirus have been recorded during the past 24 hours.

And the ministry indicated in its daily report, that 85 new recoveries from the virus were recorded.

It stated that the central laboratory examined 1,836 new samples during the same period.

The total number of people infected with HIV in the Gaza Strip since last March reached 4,526, including 1,763 active cases, 2,737 recoveries, and 26 deaths.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

Mosques reopen in virus-hit Gaza Strip

Worshippers are staying away from the usual congregational prayers during Ramadan to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip, 6 May 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Worshippers are staying away from the usual congregational prayers during Ramadan to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip, 6 May 2020

Palestinian authorities reopened mosques in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs, however, decided to keep mosques closed in areas categorized as “red zones,” where high numbers of virus infections were recorded.

A ministry statement said dozens of mosques were disinfected before the reopening.

In August, the ministry shut all mosques across the Palestinian territory following the detection of virus cases in the enclave.

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Mosques, however, were partially reopened in Oct. 4 in some areas in the strip.

The ministry said all preventive measures, including wearing masks, will be observed by worshippers while performing prayers at mosques.

Palestinian health authorities have recorded 4,645 virus cases, including 27 deaths, in the Gaza Strip since March.

(Source / 18.10.2020)

For the first time in 52 days: Zero coronavirus deaths in Palestine

Ramallah (QNN)- The Ministry of Health announced that 312 new coronavirus cases and 241 recoveries were registered during the last 24 hours, while zero deaths were registered for the first time in 52 days.

The Minister of Health, Mai Keleh, said the average of recoveries in Palestine have reached 87.5% while the active cases reached 11.7% and the deaths reached 0.8%.

She added that no deaths have been registered during the last 24 hours for the first time in 52 days.

Al Keleh added that there are 40 cases in the Intensive Care Units, including 6 on ventilators.

(Source / 17.10.2020)

4 deaths and 516 new cases of corona

The Minister of Health, Mai Al-Kailah, announced that the rate of recovery from the Corona virus in Palestine reached 87.4%, while the rate of active infections reached 11.8%, and the death rate was 0.8% of all infections.

In the daily report on the epidemiological situation of the Coronavirus in Palestine, Minister Al-Kaila added, today, Tuesday, that two deaths were recorded in the West Bank (a 72-year-old citizen from Bethlehem, and a 78-year-old citizen from Halhul), in addition to two deaths in the Gaza Strip (a 25-year-old citizen). From Gaza, a 78-year-old citizen from Jabalia), all of them suffer from chronic diseases.

Regarding recovery cases, 536 cases were recorded in the northern governorates (72 Hebron, 43 Jenin, 29 Tulkarm, 10 Qalqilya, 5 Salfit, 43 Nablus, 39 Bethlehem, Ramallah and Al-Bireh 276, Jericho and Al-Aghwar 15, Tubas 4) in addition to 77 A case in the Gaza Strip.

She added that the new casualties were distributed according to the following: Hebron Governorate (67), Nablus Governorate (53), Bethlehem Governorate (54), Qalqilya Governorate (8), Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate (31), Jenin (54), Jericho and Al-Aghwar (26) ), Salfit (14), Tubas (15), Tulkarm (104), the Gaza Strip (73), and the suburbs of Jerusalem (17).

The Minister of Health indicated that there are 41 patients in intensive care rooms, including 7 patients on artificial respirators.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

Miladinov announces the delivery of 14,000 corona test swabs to Gaza

The UN envoy for the Middle East peace process, Nikolai Miladinov, announced that the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip had delivered 14,000 additional swabs for coronavirus tests.

And Miladinov indicated in a tweet to him on his Twitter account, that the wipes came with the support of British institutions.

He indicated that these swabs were provided as part of the United Nations’ continued assistance to the Gaza Strip to confront the Corona pandemic.

(Source / 13.10.2020)

PLO Secretary General Erekat contracts COVID-19

Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and chief Palestinian negotiator [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and chief Palestinian negotiator

Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Executive Committee Saeb Erekat has contracted COVID-19 and has been rushed to hospital for treatment, a PLO statement announced on Friday morning.

The statement, which was posted on Erekat’s Twitter account, apologised for cancelling all appointments until his recovery.

The statement of the PLO’s Executive Committee and Negotiations Department announced that Erekat had caught COVID-19 and expressed hope for his “speedy recovery”.

Erekat has had a lung transplant in the US and was set to leave for Jordan on Saturday for medical treatment.

Erekat was born in 1955 in Abu Dis and holds a PhD in Peace Studies. He was the minister of local governance in the first Palestinian Authority government.

In 2009, he was elected member of Fatah’s Central Committee and member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, and was later nominated its Secretary General by the PLO President Mahmoud Abbas.

READ: Palestine doctor dies of coronavirus in Hebron

(Source / 10.10.2020)

1200 worshipers perform Friday prayer with social distancing at Al Aqsa mosque

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- 1200 worshipers joined Friday prayer with social distancing at Al Aqsa mosque today, while Israeli authorities continued to prevent Palestinians from outside the Old City from performing prayers at the holy mosque, using Jewish holidays and COVID-19 restrictions as a justification.

For the third Friday in a row, Israeli forces continued to close the road to the Old City and closed Bab Al Amoud, preventing worshipers from praying at Al Aqsa mosque.

Israeli forces set dozens of new checkpoints and carried out random searches, preventing dozens of them from reaching the Al Aqsa mosque.

The Israeli restrictions forced dozens of worshipers to perform prayers at the closest area to the holy mosque.

Israeli forces imposed random fines on worshipers in the neighborhood of Al Misrarah after they insisted to perform prayers near Bab Al Amoud.

Israeli authorities prevent Palestinians from performing prayers at the Al Aqsa mosque, while on the other side, allowing dozens of settlers to celebrate holidays in the courtyards of Al Aqsa mosque and the streets of the occupied city.

(Source / 09.10.2020)

The New Battle of the Empty Intestines: Palestinian Hunger Striker al-Akhras

The Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras has started a new battle with his “empty intestines” for 74 consecutive days in a protest against his administrative detention, amid warnings that he could die at any minute in the Israeli Kaplan hospital.

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In spite of al-Akhras, 49,  serious health condition, the Israeli Prison Service has constantly refused to agree to his demands.

Maher al-Akhras began his hunger strike after he was arrested and placed into administrative detention in late July.

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The hunger strike is considered as a last resort by the administrative detainees to express their rejection of the administrative detention policy.

According to B’Tselem, “Administrative detention is incarceration without trial or charge, alleging that a person plans to commit a future offense.”

“It has no time limit, and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed. Israel employs this measure extensively and routinely, and has used it to hold thousands of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time.”

“While detention orders are formally reviewed, this is merely a semblance of judicial oversight, as detainees cannot reasonably mount a defense against undisclosed allegations. Nevertheless, courts uphold the vast majority of orders.”

Maher’s wife has also started a hunger strike to express solidarity with her husband.

(Source / 09.10.2020)

Palestinian prisoner’s wife joins hunger strike, as medics warn he’s at death’s door

A 49-year-old Palestinian prisoner and father of six children from Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 70 consecutive days

Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras, 8 October 2020

The wife of Palestinian prisoner and hunger striker Maher Al-Akhras announced yesterday that she will be joining her husband in his ongoing hunger strike, reported Wafa news agency.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), Taghrid Al-Akhras hopes that by joining her husband’s hunger strike, she will be able to garner more attention to his case and his deteriorating health condition.

Al-Akhras, a 49-year-old father of six from Silat Ad-Daher town, south of Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 73 consecutive days.

He began his strike after he was arrested and placed into administrative detention in late July.

Taghrid spoke of the lack of real solidarity with her husband, saying that the occupation authorities aim to kill him. She said: “My husband’s health is constantly worsening and his spasms are now frequent and dangerous.”

READ: Israel’s treatment of Palestinian prisoners exposes its racist cruelty

He is currently in Kaplan Medical Centre, having been diagnosed with hypertension in 2018, and now suffering from significant weight loss.

On Tuesday, a number of activists and members of Knesset from the Joint List visited Al-Akhras at the hospital. However, upon their arrival, MKs Ofer CassifAhmad Tibi and Osama Saadi were detained for nearly 20 minutes at the hospital entrance.

“I visited Al-Akhras two weeks ago, but his condition has deteriorated since, he is suffering and being tormented,” Cassif told Local Call.

“If Israel lets him die, it will be the fault of the Israeli government,” added Cassif. He said he had demanded Defence Minister Benny Gantz to release Al-Akhras but was rejected by defence officials.

“Administrative detention is the ugliest of tools,” said Tibi at the entrance to the hospital. “There are no charges, only a secret case. He’s facing death, so we came here to demand his release.”

READ: Palestinian prisoner begins 36th year in Israeli jail 

The PPS affirmed that “freezing” Al-Akhras’ detention instead of cancelling it is an “act of deception and constituted an attempt to end his hunger strike without granting him his legitimate rights.”

“From his hospital bed, Al-Akhras voiced one message to his lawyer,” the PPS added, “Either freedom or martyrdom.”

He added: “Doctors say I might die at any moment.”

(Source / 08.10.2020)

First Palestinian doctor dies from Covid-19

Doctor Harb Radwan (51), from the town of Kharas in Hebron, lost his battle with the novel coronavirus at Al-Ahli Hospital

Occupied Hebron (QNN) – The Ministry of Health announced today it has lost the first Palestinian doctor to Covid-19 since the pandemic made its way to Palestine.

Doctor Harb Radwan (51), from the town of Kharas in Hebron, lost his battle with the novel coronavirus at Al-Ahli Hospital. He was infected with the virus while working to save the lives of others.

The Palestinian Doctors Syndicate mourned Radwan, and said that “his death is a loss to humanity.”

Radwan is the first practicing doctor to die from Covid-19 in Palestine. Last month in Gaza Strip, the retired doctor Mohammed Abu Harbid (68) died from the disease.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that the pandemic killed a number of Palestinian doctors abroad, in Russia, Spain, and Italy.

(Source / 08.10.2020)