Fighting COVID in Gaza With No Resources and Little Food

Lockdown in the Gaza Strip: No stimulus checks, little food, and harsh police measures

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Palestinians test custom-built pedal boat in northern Gaza Strip | AFP

Palestinian fishermen Saher Al-Radee and Muhamed Al-Radee test a custom-built pedal boat made from recycled materials along a beach by Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

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Israel bombs Gaza after rocket attack: Palestinian security sources | AFP

Israel bombed sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, Palestinian security sources said, after rocket fire from the Hamas-controlled territory into Israel the previous evening.

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Palestinian couple tie the knot in Gaza amid lockdown | AFP

Palestinian policeman Jihad Ahmed, 26, and Alaa, 23, tie the knot amid lockdown, wearing both mask and glove-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Virus curfew: People rush to buy food in Gaza | AFP

People rush to buy food after the Hamas government announces a 48-hour curfew after some COVID-19 cases were recorded in a refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

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Today in History for August 22nd

Highlights of this day in history: The last Jewish settlers leave the Gaza Strip; President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law; Black Panthers’ co-founder Huey Newton killed; Sci-fi author Ray Bradbury and singer Tori Amos born. (Aug. 22)

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Israeli planes hit Gaza after rocket fire at dawn | AFP

Israeli planes carry out an airstrike over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. The army launched raids against Gaza at night in response to rocket fire, as mediators sought to broker an end to the latest flare-up. TO COMPLETE VIDI1WN0H6_ENNยฐ1WN211

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Israeli planes carry out airstrikes in southern Gaza Strip | AFP

Israeli planes carry out airstrikes in the west of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Israel launched the raids in response to rocket fire, according to security sources in Gaza.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday August 19th: Kamala Harris prepares to make history; About 30 large fires burning in California; Israel army hits Hamas targets in Gaza Strip; Apple becomes 1st US company to be valued at $2 trillion.

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Gazans get first taste of coffee-to-your-door | AFP

With a practiced hand, a courier balances a tray of steaming cups and with the other grips his bicycle handlebars as he weaves between cars in the crowded Gaza Strip. Shaaban Hamuda’s modest coffee on wheels business is giving the coastal Palestinian territory its first taste of a delivery service inspired by the likes of Uber Eats or Deliveroo.

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Palestinian youth swirl homemade sparkler firework for Ramadan | AFP

Palestinian youth swirl homemade sparkler fireworks made of steel wire wool as people celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Palestinians go to reopened Gaza restaurants to break fast | AFP

Palestinians break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan in recently reopened restaurants, after authorities in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip eased lockdown, following pleas from restaurant owners.

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Coronavirus: Muslim family prays at home after mosques close in Gaza | AFP

The Shtaiwi family holds Friday prayers at home, with the family’s women, and men, young and old worshipping together after the Gaza Strip authorities closed all mosques in the Palestinian enclave as a measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Gaza barbers sterilise equipment to keep shops running | AFP

With barbers remaining open for now in the Gaza Strip, their shelfs have a box full of gloves and masks and a sanitising spray alongside their scissors and hair gel to keep customers safe amid coronavirus fears. The Ministry of Health demanded barbers to sterilise and wear masks, gloves and medical uniforms.

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Coronavirus: Gaza mosques close over virus measures | AFP

Mosques lie empty of Muslim worshippers after the Gaza Strip authorities closed all mosques in the Palestinian enclave as a measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health ministry reported on Thursday seven new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the enclave to nine.

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Coronavirus: White dress and matching mask, Gazans brave virus to wed | AFP

“We had prepared a big party, now I have prepared facemasks, chlorine, gloves, and Dettol”, says a Palestinian groom wearing a protective mask during a photo shoot at a studio before his wedding ceremony in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, where authorities recently confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases.

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White House releases map of proposed Israeli, Palestinian state borders | AFP

The White House releases its proposal for the future borders of Israeli and Palestinian states as part of US President Donald Trump’s controversial peace plan. The map provided by the White House shows the West Bank area containing some 15 Israeli settlements, connected to the Gaza Strip area by only a tunnel. SOUNDBITE

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Palestinians burn US, Israeli flags to protest Qasem Soleimani’s death | AFP

Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip distribute sweets and burn American and Israeli flags to protest the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani last week.

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Aftermath of Israeli retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza strip | AFP

Hamas members gather in Khan Yunis to check the damage after an Israeli military aircraft carried out air strikes against the Gaza Strip, in what the army called a response to a rocket fired from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave.

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Netanyahu speech halted as rocket intercepted

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed off the stage of an election rally on Wednesday after sirens rang out, warning of a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. Authorities confirmed that a defensive missile intercepted the rocket. (Dec. 26)

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