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Palestinian PM says not informed of new UAE aid flight via Israel

09 Jun 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank/DUBAI Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Tuesday he was unaware that a plane from the United Arab Emirates was to fly to Israel carrying medical aid for the Palestinians.

Palestinian PM: Israel must face consequences over planned West Bank annexations

09 Jun 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank Israel must face consequences if it annexes land in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Tuesday, pointing to possible European sanctions.

Palestinians say they will defy Israeli order in prisoner payments dispute

08 May 2020

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian leaders on Friday vowed to defy a new Israeli military order which they fear could lead to the confiscation of money destined for prisoners, their relatives and the families of those killed in unrest.

Pandemic boosts Palestinian PM as potential Abbas successor

06 May 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA One man has become the face of the Palestinians' response to the COVID-19 crisis, and it's not President Mahmoud Abbas.

Pandemic boosts Palestinian PM as potential Abbas successor

06 May 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA One man has become the face of the Palestinians' response to the COVID-19 crisis, and it's not President Mahmoud Abbas.

Lockdown in West Bank, crowds in Gaza - Palestinians divided over coronavirus

09 Apr 2020

GAZA/WEST BANK Political and physical divisions between Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have induced two very different responses to the coronavirus pandemic, with a strict lockdown in the first and crowds milling about freely in the second.

Palestinians leave jobs in Israel, citing coronavirus risk

25 Mar 2020

JERICHO/RAMALLAH, West Bank The Palestinian government has ordered home Palestinian labourers in Israel and in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying their jobs exposed them to risk of the coronavirus.

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque shut as precaution against coronavirus by Muslim clerics

15 Mar 2020

JERUSALEM Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock will shut their doors until further notice, religious authorities said on Sunday, in a move to protect worshippers at Islam's third holiest site.

Bethlehem deserted after Palestinians declare coronavirus emergency

06 Mar 2020

BETHLEHEM, West Bank The streets of Bethlehem were near-empty on Friday as Palestinian police wearing masks patrolled the traditional birthplace of Jesus, hit hard by a state of emergency declared over coronavirus.

Bethlehem deserted after Palestinians declare coronavirus emergency

06 Mar 2020

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, March 6 The streets of Bethlehem were near-empty on Friday as Palestinian police wearing masks patrolled the traditional birthplace of Jesus, hit hard by a state of emergency declared over coronavirus.

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