RAMALLAH, Monday, July 13, 2020 (WAFA) – The growing number of coronavirus cases in Palestine and the government’s decision to extend the latest 10-day lockdown have dominated the front page coverage in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today.
Al-Ayyam said in its main front-page headline story that the Palestinian government, which extended the ban on travel between the Palestinian governorates for two more weeks, is going to decide today on the arguments raised by the shopkeepers regarding extension of the lockdown in some governorates.
Al-Quds said the lockdown was extended in the districts of Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah and Nablus for four more days and said that three people have died of coronavirus in the West Bank yesterday and 349 new cases were recorded.
It said that 55 new cases were recorded in the Jerusalem district, including 50 in the city itself.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported as well on the corona cases and the government decision but made a report about President Mahmoud Abbas sponsoring college education for seven students who passed the general high school certificate exam, the tawjihi, as its main front-page story. The seven included quadruple twins in the West Bank and triplets in the Gaza Strip.
It also reported on the letter President Abbas sent to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.
The paper said a Palestinian prisoner in Israel suffering from cancer has contracted coronavirus.
Al-Ayyam said on this subject that there was concern about the life of the prisoner, identified as Kamal Abu Waar, 46, from the town of Qabatia in the north of the West Bank.
It said the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has called for his release.
Al-Quds said the White House has new condition for supporting Israeli plans to annex occupied Palestinian territory.
It said a Zionist organization has conditioned its support for Israelis on not investing in the Arab territories Israel has occupied in 1967.
It said Israeli settlers have torched agricultural land in the north of the West Bank while the army detained Palestinians in the south.