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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Music classes go online in Gaza amid COVID-19 spread concerns | AFP

Music students in Gaza City take their classes online during confinement at home as part of preventive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Gaza restaurant prepares meals for quarantined Palestinians | AFP

A restaurant in Gaza City prepares meals for Palestinians in quarantine centres as thousands of Palestinians who have returned to Gaza via Egypt have been quarantined as a precautionary measure. So far 12 cases have been confirmed, all of them placed under quarantine.

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Coronavirus: Artist calls on Gazans to ‘stay home’ with sand sculpture | AFP

Dergham Krakeh, a Palestinian artist, calls on Gazans to “stay home” with sand carvings on a beach in Gaza City. So far, 12 cases have been confirmed in Gaza, all of them placed under quarantine. Thousands of Palestinians who have returned to Gaza via Egypt have also been quarantined as a precautionary measure.

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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 factory makes healthcare garments for protection | AFP

Queen Tex factory in Gaza used to specialise in manufacturing shirts and jeans, but with the novel coronavirus epidemic sweeping the globe it has pivoted into medicalwear.

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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: In Gaza, young artists paint on masks to encourage people to wear them | AFP

In Gaza city, Palestinian artists Samah Said and Dorgham Krakeh paint on N95 respirator masks in a bid to encourage people to wear them as well as to raise awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Sunday, authorities in Gaza confirmed the first two cases of the novel coronavirus. The United Nations has warned that an outbreak in the Palestinian enclave could be disastrous, given the high poverty rates and weak health system in the coastal strip under an Israeli blockade since 2007.

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Gaza: uniquely shielded, yet ultra-vulnerable to coronavirus | AFP

With movement in and out severely restricted long before the COVID-19 pandemic, Gaza is perhaps one of the few places well-positioned to stay virus-free. But experts warn that any outbreak in the densely-populated strip could be disastrous.

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Gazans delight in home-produced chocolate goods | AFP

In the shadow of rockets and the Islamist movement Hamas, Gazan chocolate factories produce sweet goods banned from export. Israel controls all goods that enter Gaza, imposing a blockade that tightened after the tiny enclave was seized by the Islamist group Hamas in 2007.

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Gaza residents reject Trump peace plan | AFP

Gaza residents reject US President Donald Trump’s long delayed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, who promised “a new dawn” for the region, even though the Palestinians initially rejected the proposal as hopelessly biased.

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Gaza: Palestinian demonstrators protest against US peace plan | AFP

Palestinian demonstrators protest against the U.S. Middle East peace plan, in Gaza City, which will finally be aired jointly by Trump and visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

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Palestinians mourn Soleimani’s death in Gaza city | AFP

Palestinian factions organise a mourning ceremony in Gaza city in honour of slain Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani killed in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in a US air strike.

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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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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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Red carpet but no cinema as Gaza film festival forced outdoors | AFP

In the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, without a cinema for 30 years, a few hundred walk the red carpet to a rare film screening — held on the street. The opening of the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival on Wednesday evening had been expected to take place inside the Amer Cinema, which has been abandoned for three decades.

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