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Mosques in the besieged Gaza Strip are reopening after a months-long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With wedding halls closed, couples in Gaza have settled for small and simple home ceremonies instead of traditionally elaborate celebrations.

World Bank: West Bank poor may double over pandemic

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World Bank: West Bank poor may double over pandemic

Poverty in the occupied West Bank may double as Palestinians are slammed by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank warned.

Israel tests 100,000 to prevent pandemic 'second wave'

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Israel tests 100,000 to prevent pandemic 'second wave'

Despite faring relatively well compared to some countries, Israel is already preparing for a second wave in coronavirus cases.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Turkish Cypriots protest the closure of islands due to Covid-19, whilst Tunisia eases lockdown measures after no new cases. Here's your daily ...

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Prominent artists, actors urge Israel to end Gaza blockade

Over 200 prominent musicians, actors, filmmakers, authors and more signed on to an open letter urging Israel to end its blockade of Gaza during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Will annexation derail efforts for Hamas-Israel prisoner swap?

A narrow window remains for progress in prisoner exchange talks as Israel's impending annexation of the West Bank threatens to scupper the deal.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of coronavirus this week

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Gaza factories roar back to life to make PPE

Until recently, Tamer Emad, a skilled textile worker, could work one week per month at best. He is now on the factory floor every day.

Coronavirus imperils Ramadan meals, assistance in <em>Gaza</em>

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Coronavirus imperils Ramadan meals, assistance in Gaza

Gaza's residents fear this will be the hardest Ramadan they've ever experienced, as coronavirus has left many in the Gaza Strip without ...

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How Palestine's Red Crescent is taking charge of Covid-19

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19

Hamas arrests Palestinian activists for Zoom chat with Israelis

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Hamas arrests Palestinian activists for Zoom chat with Israelis

Palestinians in Gaza are divided over the arrests of six activists who engaged in a video meeting with Israelis.

<em>Gaza</em> opens Egypt crossing to returnees despite coronavirus concerns

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Gaza opens Egypt crossing to returnees despite coronavirus concerns

One-way traffic into the coastal enclave through the Rafah crossing would be allowed for the coming four days, Gaza's interior ministry said on ...

Controversial Israeli show 'Fauda' focuses on 'innocents' in conflict

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Controversial Israeli show 'Fauda' focuses on 'innocents' in conflict

Israeli TV show Fauda has come back for a third season, but this time it is focusing on punishing toll paid by "innocents".

North Sinai residents see <em>blockade</em> as 'blessing' amid coronavirus

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North Sinai residents see blockade as 'blessing' amid coronavirus

Egypt's imposition of a mandatory "self-isolation" in the North Sinai governorate may allow it to steer clear of a coronavirus outbreak.

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Norway pleads for more aid for Palestinians amid coronavirus

So far, only 12 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in the Gaza Strip, an impoverished Palestinian territory under an Israeli blockade with just below two million inhabitants.

Alessandra Bajec

Coronavirus threatens more misery for vulnerable Middle East refugees

The Middle East's most vulnerable refugees, trapped in camps across the region, await the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic while already ...

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Palestinian groups cancel border protests over coronavirus concerns

Organisers cancelled the Great March of Return's second anniversary rally amid concerns the novel coronavirus will spread throughout the ...

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Israel strikes Hamas after rocket fired from Gaza

The flare-up came despite both Israelis and Palestinians being largely confined to their homes amid the coronavirus outbreak.

US senators push to restore aid to Palestinians

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US senators push to restore aid to Palestinians

A group of US senators called on the Trump administration to restore aid to the Palestinians, as the West Bank and Gaza Strip deal with ...

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Gaza medics switching focus from border protests to coronavirus

With Gaza's era-defining border marches likely on hold, healthcare workers in the densely-populated coastal enclave are now gearing up for a ...

Palestine reports its first coronavirus related death

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Palestine reports its first coronavirus related death

A Palestinian woman in her 60s has become the first to die of coronavirus in the occupied West Bank.

Panic grips caged <em>Gaza</em> Strip after first coronavirus cases

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Panic grips caged Gaza Strip after first coronavirus cases

Fears mount that Gaza's fragile health system, which has been decimated by Israel's blockade, will struggle to contain the coronavirus ...

UN 'coronavirus relief fund' to soon assist struggling countries

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UN 'coronavirus relief fund' to soon assist struggling countries

A UN fund proposed by Norway could soon provide relief for countries with struggling health care sectors, Oslo said.

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