RAMALLAH, Thursday, April 16, 2020 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies continued to highlight impact of coronavirus pandemic at home and globally with the three dailies highlighting in their today’s issue the new corona cases in Palestine and the world.
They said that three new cases of coronavirus were confirmed yesterday in the West Bank to almost reach the 300 mark, with al-Quds saying more than two million cases worldwide and over 133,000 deaths.
A-Quds said more than 400 corona cases were confirmed among Palestinians in Israel out of over 12,500 cases total and 131 deaths.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said 36 deaths were reported among Palestinians in the diaspora.
It quoted the Norwegian Refugee Council saying that Israel’s demolition of Palestinian structures undermines efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the occupied territories.
It said participants in a meeting said Israel did not provide proper anti-corona health measures to Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.
The paper also marked the 32nd anniversary for the Israeli assassination in Tunis of Fatah leader Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad).
Al-Ayyam quoted Palestinian Finance Minister Shukri Bishara saying that his ministry has plans to borrow $400 million from banks to finance its emergency budget.
It said prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem will most likely continue to be banned during the fast month of Ramadan, which is expected to start on April 24, and calls were made to hold the night prayers during Ramadan at home.
It said Jerusalem hospitals have decided to ban visitations after a visitor infected with coronavirus have passed on the disease to patients and medics at Augusta Victoria hospital in East Jerusalem.
Al-Quds said the second shipment of Chinese medical assistance to Palestine is expected to arrive at the end of this week.
It said an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car on the Damascus-Beirut highway in Syria.
The papers also reported on the decision of US President Donald Trump to stop US contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO).