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Newspapers Review: Coronavirus outbreak, home demolitions focus of Palestinian dailies

Newspapers Review: Coronavirus outbreak, home demolitions focus of Palestinian dailies

RAMALLAH, Monday, August 24, 2020 (WAFA) – Statistics about the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the occupied Palestinian territories besides to the latest spate of home demolitions in Jerusalem dominated the front page headlines in today’s Palestinian Arabic dailies.

The dailies reported the Health Ministry announcing that 326 Palestinians contracted COVID-19 virus and three others died of it in the occupied territories in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry was also reported in al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida confirming 740 recovery cases in the occupied territories in the last 24 hours.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that a Palestinian died due to the virus and 172 others tested positive for it in occupied East Jerusalem.

They reported the Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ministry announcing that a COVID-19 Palestinian expatriate patient has died in Saudi Arabia and 175 others contracted the disease in the US.

The dailies said that Israeli occupation authorities demolished several structures, including shacks, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya.

Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Fadi Hidmi, was reported stating that the Israeli occupation authorities were launching an all-out war against Jerusalem through home demolitions.

According to al-Quds, a Palestinian young man was injured from Israeli military gunfire in Jalazon refugee camp, north of Ramallah.

The dailies said that Israeli occupation forces rounded up seven Palestinians from Nabi Saleh village and Jalazon refugee camp near Ramallah.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said that President Mahmoud Abbas received the Palestinian ambassador to United Arab Emirates (UAE), Issam Masalha, who was recently recalled to Palestine.

Former Hamas leader Khaled Mishaal was reported in al-Quds stating that the Palestinian consensus on rejecting the US-touted Mideast plan, dubbed deal of the century, besides to normalization is driving force for liberation.

Al-Ayyam said that scores of Israeli settlers barged their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint, Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. According to al-Quds, 209 settlers stormed the site.

Highlighting the situation in Gaza, al-Quds said that Israel has tightened the siege on the Gaza Strip, prohibiting the entry of goods, except for food and medical supplies.

Al-Ayyam quoted well-informed sources revealing that anticipated Qatari mediation will likely successfully restore Gaza clam.

Regionally, al-Quds reported Secretary-General of the Jordanian Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs, Abdullah Kanaan, warning that Israel is pursuing a Judaization policy designed to displace Palestinians.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said that Omani activists signed a petition in support of Palestinians and condemning normalization with Israel.



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