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Newspapers Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate front-page headlines in the Palestinian dailies

Newspapers Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate front-page headlines in the Palestinian dailies

RAMALLAH, Monday, July 27, 2020 (WAFA) – The coronavirus pandemic at home and in the world and the lives it claims continued to dominate the front-page headlines in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The papers said one woman has died of corona and 330 people were confirmed infected with coronavirus disease yesterday in Palestine, while 470 have recovered.

Al-Ayyam said the number of new coronavirus cases has declined in the Hebron district of the West Bank, which for a while registered in the hundreds, and increased in the Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods, which registered 180 new cases yesterday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted the telephone call between President Mahmoud Abbas and his Turkish counterpart, Rajab Tayyeb Erdogan, and quoted Erdogan saying that Turkey is always on the side of the Palestinian people and their just cause.

The other two dailies reported on the telephone conversation as well.

Al-Quds said that the Israeli occupation forces have detained 11 Palestinians in the West Bank and issued stop-work orders against several structures in the south of the West Bank.

Al-Ayyam said the detainees included a young woman.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Palestinians in East Jerusalem held a sit-in protest in support of the Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem governor Adnan Ghaith, who is currently detained by Israel.

Al-Ayyam said one person was killed in a family feud in Kufr Aqab, an east Jerusalem neighborhood north of the city located behind Israel’s separation wall not reached by Israeli police nor are Palestinian security forces allowed to reach it. In the vengeance acts that followed the killing, several homes and vehicles were torched.

Al-Quds said Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh met with the chairman of the board of the Jerusalem District Electricity Company, Hisham Omari, to discuss the latest situation with the East Jerusalem-based Palestinian power distributing company.

It also said trade unions were demanding that the banks postpone collecting loan payments until next year without imposing new interest on them due to the dismal economic situation in Palestine as a result of coronavirus and government inability to pay salaries for its employees.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Palestinian Monetary Authority has instructed banks not to deduct any money from the salaries of the public employees who are supposed to receive this week, and for the second month in a row, only half of their monthly salary due to the government financial crisis.

The three papers reported on the demonstrations in Israel demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and police crackdown on the demonstrations.


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