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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A bullet to the eye: the Palestinians blinded by rubber bullets | AFP

Palestinians who lost an eye after being shot by the Israeli army, in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank tell the story of their injury. Some were taking part in clashes, others were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. All were left scarred and with their lives wrecked, even though in Palestinian society being wounded while standing up to Israeli occupation is often lionised.

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A bullet in the eye | AFP

Palestinians who lost an eye after being shot by the Israeli army, in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank tell the story of their injury. Some were taking part in clashes, others were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. All were left scarred and with their lives wrecked, even though in Palestinian society being wounded while standing up to Israeli occupation is often lionised.

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Palestinian artist carves sand sculpture for World Refugee Day | AFP

Palestinian sand sculptor Rana Ramlawi carves a new artwork in her home in Gaza City to commemorate World Refugee Day, a day dedicated by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness on the situation of refugees throughout the world.

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Palestinian artist draws portrait of George Floyd in Gaza City | AFP

Ayman El-Hosary, a Palestinian artist in Gaza City, draws a portrait of African-American man George Floyd, whose death while a policeman kneeled on his neck has sparked riots in the United States, as a way to show solidarity with Americans and their fight against racism.

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Gen Z takes on COVID: Palestinian refugee volunteers to battle virus in Lebanon camp | AFP

For Generation Z, young people currently in their teens and early 20s, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a defining experience. While it has forced many to delay life plans, such as work, education and travel, youngsters around the world are teeming with innovative ideas to fight the virus and help their communities. In this video, we meet Malak Sabah, 24, who volunteers with the Palestinian civil defence to protect the overcrowded refugee camp of Wavel in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley from the pitfalls of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Funeral of Palestinian killed after Israeli police thought he was armed | AFP

Mourners hold the funeral of Iyad Khairi Hallak, a Palestinian disabled man who was shot dead by Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem, after they mistakenly thought he was armed with a pistol, prompting furious condemnation from the Palestinians. The incident happened in the alleys of the walled Old City near Lions’ Gate, an access point mainly used by Palestinians.

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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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Coronavirus: Palestinian bodybuilder trains at home due to lockdown | AFP

Palestinian fitness trainer and bodybuilder Mohammad Shweiki films himself training at home in Jerusalem and posts the videos online after authorities closed gyms due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, Israel has officially reported 9006 COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths from the respiratory disease.

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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 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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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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Israeli forces in protective gear stand at a checkpoint in Jerusalem | AFP

Israeli security forces in protective gear check vehicles at the Walajah checkpoint in Jerusalem on a road leading to the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The city of Bethlehem was under lockdown on Friday after the first Palestinian cases of the deadly coronavirus were discovered there and authorities announced a state of emergency. IMAGES

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Bethlehem under lockdown after virus cases confirmed | AFP

The city of Bethlehem is under lockdown after the first Palestinian cases of the deadly coronavirus were discovered there and authorities announced a state of emergency.

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Palestinians announce West Bank tourism ban over coronavirus | AFP

Palestinians announce a two-week ban on tourists visiting cities and sites in the occupied West Bank, after the first suspected cases of coronavirus in the territory. The Palestinian health ministry announced a number of suspected cases had been detected at a hotel in the Bethlehem area.

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Palestinian leader warns UN of Trump’s “Swiss cheese” peace deal | AFP

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urges the UN Security Council to reject President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan, brandishing a large map of a future Palestine as laid out by Trump, and denouncing it as a “Swiss cheese” deal.

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Airstrikes in Syria; car attack in Jerusalem

Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes early on Thursday near Damascus, wounding eight soldiers, Syrian state media said. Also Thursday, the Israeli military says a Palestinian driver rammed his car into Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, hurting 12. (Feb. 6)

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