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Palestine: Israel detains Palestinians volunteers helping residents: COVID-19

1st Apr 2020
Palestine: Israel detains Palestinians volunteers helping residents: COVID-19

By Said Amouri

 

JERUSALEM (AA): Israeli police detained six Palestinians while they volunteered Tuesday to help residents against the outbreak of the coronavirus in Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency members of a volunteer group were conducting a sterilization campaign in Sur Baher, under the supervision of specialized doctors.

Palestinian human rights NGO, Wadi Hilweh Information Center, said on Facebook “Israeli police confiscated food parcels intended for families in Sur Baher town which were stored in a school, and attacked the residents with gas and sound bombs during the confiscation process.”

Residents organized a donation campaign for families who were under special quarantine due to the pandemic.

Since the spread of the coronavirus, Israeli police have detained dozens of Palestinians who have volunteered to help with preventive measures in Jerusalem.

Israel confirmed 20 deaths and 5,358 coronavirus cases Tuesday.

After first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the virus known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 200 countries and territories, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

More than 838,000 cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll exceeding 41,000 with almost 176,000 recoveries.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

[Photo:  A healthcare worker checks a boy at a school which is turned by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) into a clinic for patients with respiratory system disorders as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gaza City, Gaza on March 18, 2020.

Photographer: Ali Jadallah/AA]

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