An increase in coronavirus cases is expected after tens of thousands of Palestinians who want to be protected from ISRAEL bombing spend their days in closed areas such as shelters and schools.
DAMAGED TEST CENTER
Hospitals in Gaza, whose resources are running out, have to deal with the 1,900 Palestinians injured in the bombing and also deal with the possible increase in COVID cases. In order to make room for the wounded at the start of the bombardment, hospitals carrying corona patients are again attempting to prepare materials and beds for the corona patients. The city’s only PCR testing center was badly damaged in the attack by Israeli planes and lacks the capacity to detect patients. Although the International Committee of the Red Cross has announced the dispatch of various medical equipment to the city, Israeli supervision of the entry of all kinds of materials into Gaza is hampering the shipment.
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TRACKING KORONA VACCINES
Lynn Hastings, UN humanitarian relief coordinator in Palestine, said the vaccine will be sent to Gaza in a few days as part of the Covax program, which aims to provide poor countries with access to the coronavirus vaccine. So far, 40,000 people, less than 2 percent of Gaza’s population, have been vaccinated. The gathering of 70,000 Gazans in schools during the bombings and the fact that those who lost their homes had to live with their loved ones heightened the anxiety of the epidemic. “People stopped seeking social distancing because they had no other choice,” says Dr Shadi Awad of Gaza Sifa Hospital. On Friday, Awad and his team found 40 positive cases in their 50 corona tests, and almost all of the city’s 60-million intensive care beds were full.
TOZA KARŞI SU
In the Gaza Strip, volunteers clean the streets, while teams spray water to reduce the amount of dust released by debris from heavy shelling.
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NETANYAHU AGAINST THE STREET
In Israel, opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have taken to the streets. Thousands of anti-Netanyahu gathered outside the prime minister’s building in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, urging opposition officials to compromise on a coalition formula. Protesters who wanted Israel to be saved from the “dangerous Netanyahu administration” accused Netanyahu of plunging the country into chaos in order to protect his headquarters. At the same time, a “march for peace” took place in the streets of Tel Aviv. Thousands of Israeli citizens, expressing their support for the ceasefire, urged the government to end its occupation in the West Bank and make peace with the Palestinians.
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“ THE ISRAEL ARMY AND THE GOVERNMENT IS OPEN ”
US-based news site Axios wrote about the background to the process leading to a ceasefire in Gaza. As a result, the Israeli armed forces, unlike Netanyahu, let the Americans know that the operation had served its purpose and that they could stop now. According to the report, US President Joe Biden publicly supported Israel for 11 days, but followed a dual strategy in the background by warning Netanyahu to end the operation as soon as possible. The turning point in the American attitude was the destruction of the building where the office of the American news agency AP was located. As public pressure mounted, Biden warned Netanyahu to agree to the ceasefire. Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz reported that the Israeli armed forces had achieved their objectives on Wednesday by trying to persuade the United States to continue the operation for at least another 24 hours. Israeli journalists commented that “the rift between the armed forces and Netanyahu has widened.”