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Newspapers Review: New coronavirus cases in West Bank and Gaza highlight of dailies


RAMALLAH, Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (WAFA) – Reports about the new 16 coronavirus cases in the West Bank and one in Gaza were highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies issued today.

The papers said the new cases were concentrated in three West Bank villages and the one in Gaza was for a man who was already in a quarantine. They said the total number of cases in Palestine is now 254.

The three papers also reported on the Palestinian cabinet meeting held yesterday in Ramallah and its plans to confront the coronavirus pandemic.

They also reported on the continuing Israeli military measures in the occupied Palestinian territories, including notices to stop construction, uprooting trees in the Jordan Valley and closing agricultural roads in Salfit, as reported in al-Quds daily, as well as soldiers and settlers attacking Palestinian civilians in the northern West Bank village of Qusra, as reported in al-Ayyam.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Israeli soldiers spat at doors of cars and homes in Beit Ummar town in the south of the West Bank, raising concern of spread of coronavirus.

The paper also said that the Israeli police released the Palestinian Authority’s governor of the Jerusalem district, Adnan Ghaith, after holding him for two days for his role in organizing efforts in the occupied city to fight the spread of coronavirus.

It said in a report from Jenin city, in the north of the West Bank, that closure of confectioneries threatens the survival of livestock farmers in the country.

Al-Ayyam said that Palestinian factions in Gaza have not yet reached a common plan on how to confront the coronavirus pandemic.

It said Palestinian residents of Jerusalem neighborhoods falling behind Israel’s apartheid wall called on the Israeli government to open corona testing centers in their areas.

Al-Quds said Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem have acted to turn St. George Hotel in the city into a quarantine center.

It also said that the streets of Jerusalem, particularly its old city, were unusually empty of people yesterday for Palm Sunday.


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