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EU allocates funds to aid Palestinians fight Covid-19

Ramallah, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) allocated about nine million Euros to support the work of the hospitals in East Jerusalem, considered key for the healthcare of Palestinians with Covid-19 and other ailments.

Such a contribution is particularly timely amid the enormous challenges the Palestinian healthcare sector is facing due to the pandemic, an EU statement released by WAFA news agency informed.

The Palestinian territories are confronting a second and more severe wave of the pandemic, in which around 800 people have died since the first cases emerged in March.

In order to contain the current virus, when specialists diagnose more than 1,000 infections per day, the Palestinian National Authority (ANP) decided to again decree partial closures from Sunday to Thursday (night and early morning) and total lockdown on Friday and Saturday.

One of the current epicenters of the pandemic is the Gaza Strip, blockaded and bombarded by Israel, and where almost two million citizens live.

Only on Sunday, about 738 new cases were detected in that Mediterranean enclave, controlled by Tel Aviv by air, sea and land.

The fact that Israel dominates our borders also limits the ANP response to curb the pandemic, and the effects of the siege imposed by Tel Aviv in both countries, backed by the United States, activist Mohamed Abuatwan, who lives in the city of Dora, near Hebron, told Prensa Latina.

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