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Coronavirus in the Gaza Strip - Only 70 ICU Beds Available- Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) - Last Sunday, the first two cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the Gaza Strip. This is exactly the scenario authorities in the Gaza Strip have been trying to avert for weeks by strictly monitoring and isolating people returning to the Strip, preventing gatherings and shutting down schools. Now that the virus has entered Gaza, they must adjust to a new reality of community transmission. This is a particularly ominous prospect given Gaza’s unique predicament, an area under occupation and siege with a health care system already plagued by severe shortages of funds, medical equipment, medicine, and staff, and it raises several concerns regarding preparedness for the coronavirus. Will Gaza’s health care system be able to stem the spread of the virus? [ak]24/3/2020
Demand Israel Protect Gaza Palestinians in — Lift the Blockade, Make Medical Supplies AccessibleIfNotNow - 1.8 million Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip appear to be on the precipice of catastrophe — and the Israeli government, which controls what goes in and out of Gaza, has a responsibility to act now. Palestinians in Gaza must now weather the Coronavirus in addition to the punishing, 15-year-long Israeli blockade. The international community must do everything it can to protect everyone in the world from this pandemic — and this must include the stateless Palestinians in Gaza, whose lives are controlled by the Israeli military.If there was ever a moment to realize that we are in this fight together, it is now.[ak] 24/3/2020
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Israel must protest Gaza Palestinians from Coronavirus outbreak - sign the petition! 24/3/2020
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Israel’s caging of Gaza is a recipe for coronavirus disasterJehad Abusalim - +972 "It is no exaggeration to say that the prospect of COVID-19 spreading in the Gaza Strip is terrifying. This year, 2020, is the year in which the United Nations and other international agencies predicted that Gaza would become “uninhabitable.” If Israel’s 13- year blockade and isolation of the strip continued, they warned, Gaza’s most basic services and its capacity to sustain itself would collapse." ca23/3/2020
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Fear, anxiety as besieged Gaza confirms first 2 coronavirus casesFarah Najjar & Maram Humaid - Al Jazeera - Authorities in the coastal enclave have shut restaurants and cafes, while Friday prayers have also been suspended [ry]23/3/2020
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Fear, anxiety as besieged Gaza confirms first 2 coronavirus casesFarah Najjar and Maram Humaid - Al Jazeera - Authorities in the coastal enclave have shut restaurants and cafes, while Friday prayers have also been suspended [ry] 23/3/2020
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Coronavirus causes riots in the Gaza Strip Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Gaza - Authorities in the Gaza Strip ordered all returnees from abroad via Rafah Border Crossing to be placed in a mandatory quarantine at al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah City - as a precautionary measure to prevent the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The villages`s schools of Ghassan Kanafani and Marmarah were taken over to serve as quarantine centers. On Sunday March 15, hundreds of al-Nasser villagers held a peaceful protest against this measure and were forcibly disperesd by Gazan security forces. Some ten citizens, including a child and a woman, sustained fractures and bruises all over their bodies and about 50 citizens, including 15 children, were arrested - some at the protest itself and some taken later from their homes. PCHR affirms the security forces’ right to enforce their decision, particularly in this stage and in light of the state of emergency declared by the Palestinian President to avoid the outbreak of Coronavirus; however, it stresses that the authorities should adhere to the proportionality standards for use of force and the regulations on the use of firearms in all circumstances. [ak]17/3/2020
Adalah - dragging a human body by bulldozer is a war crime IMEMC - The Adalah Legal Center sent an urgent letter to Sharon Afek, head of the IDF legal branch. demanding he immediately open a criminal investigation into the incident that occurred Sunday morning near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, in which an Israeli military armored bulldozer was filmed dragging a human body along the ground and repeatedly lifting it up in the air and dropping it down in the mud. Adalah Attorney Sawsan Zaher detailed a series of international laws – including the Rome Statute, the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, and the Hague Regulations – which classify the Israeli military actions depicted in the video as war crimes and blatant violations of international criminal law, and international human rights and humanitarian law. The Israeli Supreme Court has likewise recognized in past rulings that harm to the dignity of the deceased is a violation of Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.[ak] 25/2/2020
Despite attempt to change rules with Syria strikes, Israel’s Gaza policy failingAvi Issacharoff - Times of Israel - The IDF officer who decided to take extreme action to collect a body as "a bargaining chip" likely didn’t realize that footage of the body on the bulldozer blade being spread all over social media would lead to dozens of rockets being fired at Israel.(...) The main Israeli response was far away, on the Syrian front, where many Islamic Jihad targets near Damascus were hit - a surprising step, designed to make PIJ decision-makers "think twice and thrice before attempting another attack". The military and the government are trying to set up a new equation by which escalation with Israel will hurt not only Gaza but also PIJ leaders in Syria, who have thus far enjoyed a degree of immunity from Israeli strikes. However, even by its own standard, PIJ went overboard with its response of extensive launching of rockets.(...) Hamas stayed on the sidelines, neither participating in the launching of rockets nor restraining the PIJ. The Israeli policy is clearly not working. [ak]25/2/2020
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Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza fence, wound two othersAl Jazeera - Live NEWS/PALESTINE Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza fence, wound two others Palestinian factions in Gaza fire rockets towards Israel after army bulldozer removed body of dead Palestinian [ry] 24/2/2020
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Report: Hamas to halt balloon bomb attacks as part of Gaza agreementElior Levy - Y-Net/Al-Quds - According to Al-Quds Newspaper, Egyptian mediators trying to negotiate long-term ceasefire deal between Hamas and Israel succeeded to gain the agreement of Hamas to cease the sending of balloon bombs into Israel. Such baloons, of which many dozens were sent in the past two weeks, did not cause any casualties or significant damage, but greatly alarmed Israeli civilians in the locations where they were carried by the wind - in some cases a hundred kilometers or more from the Gaza border. Thus, the balloons are an ideal negotiations tactic - they cause Israeli communities to vent anger and frustration at the government, in time of a general elections campaign, while not providing a real pretext for a massive Israeli offensive on Gaza. It was not specified what is willing to offer in return. While seeking a long term agreement in and around Gaza, the Egyptian mediators were also concerned to prevent a flareup in the short range. In Tel Aviv they heard blunt threats against Hamas, while in Gaza Hamas warned of possible Israeli plans to assassinate the organization`s leader Yihya Sinwar - an act which would certainly lead to an all-out armed confrontation. [ak] 11/2/2020
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Israel blocks Palestinian agricultural exports via JordanAl Jazeera - Israel escalates trade war with the Palestinians by stopping their agricultural exports amid fears of renewed violence [ry] 10/2/2020
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