Hamas

The fight against COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip (updated to April 26, 2020)

According to reports from the Hamas Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past week rose from 13 to 17. Two sick Palestinians were identified at the Rafah Crossing and sent to isolation. Ten patients have recovered and seven are still in isolation. Up to now, Hamas’s handling of the spread of the virus is (still) under control.
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What is the true reason for the shortcomings of the medical system in the Gaza Strip?

The Hamas movement is accompanying its fight against COVID-19 with a campaign of blaming and threatening Israel. At the core of the campaign is blame for Israel for [allegedly] destroying the medical system in the Gaza Strip, preventing it from effectively coping with the virus and endangering the lives of the two million people living in Gaza. Senior Hamas figures, among them Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip, threatened that if a shortage of ventilators and other medical equipment develops, Hamas will use force against Israel and "make six million Israeli settlers [sic] stop breathing."
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In the shadow of the COVID-19 crisis: the first significant terrorist attack in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and a threat to renew IED balloon launchings from the Gaza Strip

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 Judea and Samaria have been relatively quiet, with the exception of the stones and Molotov cocktails thrown at Israeli vehicles. The Gaza Strip has also been relatively quiet, with the suspension of the return marches and Hamas' focusing on fighting the virus. However, the PA's fight against the virus has been accompanied by a smear campaign against Israel. In the Gaza Strip fighting the virus has been accompanied by a Hamas blame campaign and threats.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 7 – 21, 2020)

The Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria have been relatively quiet because of the COVID-19 crisis. In interviews for Palestinian Prisoners Day senior Hamas figures continue sending signals to Israel about their readiness to hold negotiations for an exchange of prisoners. The PA and Hamas are focusing most of their attention on the COVID-19 crisis. In the meantime the PA continues its smear campaign, accusing Israel of [allegedly deliberately] spreading COVID-19 to attack the national strength and health of the Palestinians.
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COVID-19-triggered prisoner exchange deal: Opportunities, challenges, and policy recommendations

The discourse on a prisoners exchange deal between Israel and Hamas is gradually gaining momentum and reflects a unique window of opportunity and a short-term meeting of interests that should be utilized quickly and efficiently.
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The fight against COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip (updated to April 19, 2020)

According to reports from the Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past week remains unchanged. To date, 13 patients have been identified in the Gaza Strip, who arrived through the Rafah Crossing. Nine of them have already recovered, the rest are mild cases and have been admitted to a hospital at the Rafah Crossing.
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