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Calls for Israel to release sick Palestinian prisoners

A number of rights groups yesterday launched a petition calling on Israel to release sick Palestinian detainees. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club and the Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights (Hurryyat) are among those who called for the release of more than 1,000 prisoners, including women, girls, children and the sick. According to the groups, the petition was launched …

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Brazil confirms first indigenous case of coronavirus in Amazon

An indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest has contracted the novel coronavirus, the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes, the Health Ministry’s indigenous health service Sesai has said. The 20-year-old from the Kokama tribe tested positive for the virus in the district of Santo Antonio do Iá, near the border with Colombia, 880km …

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UNRWA distributes food aid to families in Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has resumed the distribution of food aid in the Gaza Strip on 31 March. UNRWA has changed the method of distributing its food aid by making deliveries directly to the homes of refugees, in order to ensure their health and safety, which is the top priority …

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Israeli occupation forces storms Shu’afat refugee camp in Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning stormed Shu’afat refugee camp in east Jerusalem, with no reported raids on homes or arrests. According to local sources, soldiers aboard patrol vehicles closed Anata street in the camp. There was no information if any citizen was arrested or homes were raided during the IOF campaign in the camp. The IOF intensified …

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Israeli occupation forces carries out limited incursion into northern Gaza

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning carried out a limited incursion into the northeast of the Gaza Strip border. Local sources said that several armored bulldozers escorted by 13 military vehicles advanced a few meters into a border area in the east of Beit Hanoun town in northern Gaza and embarked on leveling plots of land. The eastern …

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Palestinians, curfews and self-discipline

I do not think that there is any Palestinian in the West Bank and Gaza Strip who has not had experience of curfews in their years of living under the Zionist occupation, especially those old enough to remember the First Intifada (1987-1993). The most volatile areas in terms of confrontations and clashes were under strict curfews for extended periods and …

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China delivers 10,000 coronavirus kits to Palestine

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry has had 10,000 coronavirus test kits and ventilators delivered from China, according to Wafa news agency. The chief of the PA’s General Intelligence Service Majed Faraj arranged for the shipment to arrive from China to contain the spread of the virus in their territory. “Before these test kits arrived, we only had hundreds left,” the …

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British Palestinians commemorate Land Day

On this day, 30 March, the Palestinian Forum in Britain commemorates the 44th anniversary of Land Day, which recalls the heroic story of our people in defence of the land of our forefathers, from the brutal occupation appropriating not only our land but also our history and heritage. Since 1976, 30 March became a day to celebrate our land; a …

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UNRWA: ‘The worst scenario is the spread of coronavirus in besieged Gaza’

The Director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, Matthias Schmale, said on Sunday that the worst scenario is the spread of coronavirus in a fully besieged Gaza. “We are very worried about the outbreak of the coronavirus because managing the crisis then would be very difficult,” Schmale told Sky News Arabic. He stressed the importance and necessity of lifting the Israeli …

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