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The Gaza Strip and COVID-19: Preparing for the Worst

The coronavirus is now present in Gaza, the populous Palestinian enclave blockaded by air, land and sea since 2007.

An epidemic would be calamitous.

  • ICG

Hamas should tighten public health measures;

Israel should loosen restrictions so that medical supplies can enter and afflicted Palestinians can leave.

  • What’s new?

COVID-19 cases have appeared in the Gaza Strip, where close to two million Palestinians live in 365 sq km, many of them in crowded refugee camps where social distancing is…

  • Why does it matter?

A major outbreak of the illness would swiftly overwhelm…

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