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: 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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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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Why Palestinians Are Willing To Risk Their Lives During Protests On The Gaza Border (HBO)

Hamas called for thousands to amass along the border with Israel to denounce the U.S. embassy’s move to Jerusalem — and demand an end to the blockade on Gaza.

Tens of thousands of Gazans answered that call today — and the Israelis responded with overwhelming force. But the more than 50 deaths today could be a reality check, and the body count in the morgue at Gaza City’s main hospital was higher than it’s been since the last war with Israel.

For many here, a decade-long Israeli blockade has made life so hellish, that they’re readily willing to risk their lives and the large turnout for these protests is a victory in itself.

Israel and the Trump Administration have already cut the militant group out of talks on a peace plan — a deal that will reportedly offer up four Jerusalem neighborhoods to the Palestinian Authority. But that means there’s nothing to lose if the violence escalates.

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‘My football dream is over’: Gazans injured in IDF sniper fire talk to RT

Two young Palestinian athletes have had their legs injured after being shot during the recent Gaza protests.

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Egypt opens Gaza crossing for Hajj pilgrims

Egypt reopens its border with Gaza for the first time in months to allow Gazans with Saudi visas to travel to Mecca for the hajj Muslim pilgrimage. The Rafah crossing had been largely closed for more than five months in both directions, though political delegations have been able to cross.

Gazans create makeshift furniture as Israel restricts entry of goods

It’s almost impossible for people in the Palestinian territory of Gaza to get hold of many of the items which are essential for daily life. That’s because of the blockade maintained by Israel and Egypt. Gazans are having to improvise to maintain basic living conditions. And Paula Slier has been hearing more of their stories.

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VICE News Daily: Deadly Monsoon Displaces Thousands in Myanmar

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today:
A Syrian military plane crashes into a crowded marketplace, Burmese rescuers struggle to deliver monsoon relief, Hungary begins to seal its southern border, and Gazans have a new place to relax by the sea.

SYRIA
Fighter Jet Crashes into Marketplace
The plane dropped a bomb on the rebel-held city Ariha before it crashed.

MYANMAR
Deadly Monsoon Displaces Thousands
Water levels reached 14 feet in the western Rakhine state.

HUNGARY
Work Begins on Border Fence with Serbia
Officials want the nearly 13-foot high wall completed by the end of August.

GAZA
First Seaside Luxury Resort Opens
Rooms go for as much as $160 a night at The Blue Beach hotel.

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Hamas Defiant: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 11)

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As the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire entered it’s second and third days last week, the people of Gaza used the lull in fighting to take stock of the destruction, flee the fighting, and demonstrate their defiance.

VICE News correspondent Henry Langston traveled to the Rafah border gate with Egypt, where hundreds of Gazans and Egyptians alike attempted to flee. With only two bus loads making the trip each day, however, many left disappointed and were forced to return the following day.

Meanwhile, in the towns of Shejaiya and Khuza’a, residents returned to neighborhoods completely devastated by the fighting.

As the ceasefire entered it’s last 24 hours, Hamas organized a demonstration in the center of Gaza City. Thousands converged from different mosques across the city, waving Hamas flags as kids with toy guns and grenades rode on their dad’s shoulders.

The spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, Abu Ubaida, made clear in a speech that evening that if Israel refused to re-open Gaza’s port, then rockets would once again threaten the people of Israel.

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Operation Protective Edge Displaces More Gazans: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 9)

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Israel’s military offensive, Operation Protective Edge, is now in its fourth week. More than 1,200 Palestinians and 50 Israelis have been killed, and the fighting shows little sign of letting up. The majority of those killed in Gaza have been civilians, with many strikes hitting schools, homes, and hospitals. About 40 percent of Gazans have been told by Israel to evacuate, but they have few if any options for where to evacuate to.

In our ninth dispatch from Israel and Palestine, VICE News correspondent Danny Gold is in Gaza talking to Palestinians as they sift through the rubble of their homes, and visiting makeshift outdoor and indoor camps where displaced residents have fled.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April, 21 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: a prominent TV journalist is shot in Pakistan, a deadly shootout challenges a truce in Ukraine, drone strikes in Yemen kill al Qaeda militants and civilians, and Gazans develop a way to turn plastic into fuel.

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Prominent TV Journalist Shot
Several unidentified gunman critically injured a prominent TV journalist when they sprayed his moving his car with bullets in Karachi.

Deadly Shootout Challenges Truce
At least three people are dead after gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia militants in Eastern Ukraine.

Drone Strikes Kills Al Qaeda Militants and Civilians
Two drone strikes in the last two days have killed more than 20 suspected Al Qaeda militants and several civilians in southern Yemen.

Gazans Develop a Way to Turn Plastic Into Fuel
A father and son team in the Gaza Strip have figured out a way to turn reclaimed plastic into valuable fuel.

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