After reaching Palestine, dailies highlight fight against coronavirus

RAMALLAH, News about coronavirus disease, particularly after finding 16 cases in Palestine over the last two days, hit most of the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies today.

The papers highlighted the measures announced by the prime minister yesterday to combat the deadly disease, particularly with the declaration of state of emergency in Palestine for one month that included closing all educational institutions, cancelling all hotel reservations for tourists, and closing worship places, mainly in the biblical city of Bethlehem where the 16 cases have been found, among other measures.

Al-Ayyam printed a picture of a street in Bethlehem empty of people and shops shuttered after the city was isolated from the rest of the West Bank. It was also isolated from Jerusalem with al-Quds printing a picture of a gate at an Israeli-army checkpoint closed.

The three papers also reported on the disease worldwide.

In other local news, the papers reported on Israeli detentions in the occupied Palestinian territories and injures caused in the weekly confrontations in Kufr Qaddoum village in the north of the West Bank.

They also reported on the burial of the victims of the gas explosion and fire that broke out on Thursday in Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip that killed 10 people, injured over 50 others, many critical, and caused heavy damage to buildings and vehicles.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Israeli military ordered burial of two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the military-run numbers cemetery where the graves are identified only by numbers. The two were identified as Yousef Anqawi, 19, from Beit Sira village near Ramallah, and Amir Darraj, 19, from Kharbatha al-Misbah village, also near Ramallah. They were shot dead by the Israeli army on March 3 of last year.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency