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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Israeli warplanes launch strikes on Gaza | AFP

Hours after a missile was launched from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel, Israeli warplanes launch strikes on Gaza, targeting Hamas positions. IMAGES

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Israel strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire: army | AFP

Explosions are seen following an Israel air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Israel struck a series of military targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rockets fired from the Palestinian enclave, the Israeli army said. IMAGES

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Israel kills Palestinian militant commander in Gaza strike | AFP

Israel’s military killed a commander for Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, officials said, prompting retaliatory rocket fire. IMAGES from Gaza Strip

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Gaza man wheels and deals to restore classic cars | AFP

Classic car enthusiast and mechanic Munir al-Shindi fixes up vintage cars at his workshop in the northeast of Gaza City despite facing difficulties to obtain parts in the blockaded 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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