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Palestinian workers distribute food supplies from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for impoverished refugee families after a three-week delay caused by fears of the coronavirus, at the Sheikh Redwan neighborhood of Gaza City, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Gaza, which is blockaded by its neighbors Israel and Egypt, has only detected a few cases of coronavirus, with all of them confined to quarantine centers. But international officials fear the virus could quickly spread in the densely populated area, whose overburdened health system is not equipped to deal with a large outbreak. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Hamas arrests Gaza activists after Zoom call with Israelis

Apr. 9, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas-run security forces have arrested several peace activists in the Gaza Strip on treason charges after they took part in a web conference with Israeli activists, officials said Thursday. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said the activists are accused of “holding a...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2019 file photo, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran. Iran's parliament said Thursday, April 2, 2020 that speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iran parliament speaker, Israeli health minister have virus

Apr. 2, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament speaker has contracted the new coronavirus, the country's highest-ranking government figure yet to catch the disease, while in Israel, several top officials entered quarantine when the health minister tested positive on Thursday. Iran's parliament announced Ali...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 19, 2020 file photo, workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus, at the main market in Gaza City. The Gaza Strip has been largely cut off from the rest of the world for more than a decade by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. But the coronavirus has found a way in. Fearing a widespread outbreak after nine confirmed cases, Gaza’s Hamas leaders are racing to build two massive quarantine complexes and prepare the overcrowded territory not equipped to deal with a new health crisis. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)

Fearing Gaza virus spread, Hamas preps for mass quarantines

Mar. 30, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Nima Amraa returned to the Gaza Strip from neighboring Egypt earlier this month, she was surprised to learn she was being placed in a makeshift quarantine center set up by the ruling Hamas group. But her initial jitters turned to fear when two fellow travelers in another...

Indian workers arrange beds to prepare a quarantine center at the Sarusojai sports complex in Gauhati, India, Saturday, March 28, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

10 Things to Know for Today

Mar. 30, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP EXTENDS SOCIAL DISTANCING AS ITALY, SPAIN HOPE FOR RELIEF Bracing the U.S. for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, the president bows to public health experts who presented him...

Israel says Gaza militants fired rocket at Israeli town

Mar. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired a rocket into the country's south. There were no reports of casualties or damage. The military says the rocket fell in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Friday evening. In response, Israeli tanks and aircraft attacked...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 1987 file photo, a man holds his son's hand as they make their way along a debris littered street in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus in the occupied West Bank after a curfew was imposed on the camp. Western countries are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, awakening to a new reality of economic collapse, overwhelmed hospitals and home confinement. But for millions across the Middle East and in conflict zones elsewhere, much of this is familiar.   (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)

Survivors of world conflicts offer perspective amid pandemic

Mar. 25, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — As Western countries reeling from the coronavirus pandemic awaken to a new reality of economic collapse, overwhelmed hospitals, grounded flights and home confinement, it's tempting to think the end of days is at hand. But for millions across the Middle East and in conflict...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Yazan, 1, sits with his mother before his heart surgery at the Tajoura National Heart Center in Tripoli, Libya. Yazan's odyssey from his small desert hometown to the hospital barely skirted the war's front lines. In conflict zones across the Middle East, the specter of the coronavirus looms large. Authorities in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip warn that health care systems gutted by years of war and unrest have left millions of people doubly vulnerable to the pandemic. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Libya sees 1st virus case as more curfews called in Mideast

Mar. 24, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya recorded its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the U.N.-backed government announced, stoking concern that an outbreak could overwhelm the war-torn country's already weakened health care system. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the Middle East, countries have...

Workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus, at the main market in Gaza City, Thursday, March 19, 2020. The Middle East has some 20,000 cases of the virus, with most cases in Iran or linked to travel from Iran. The vast majority of people recover from COVID-19. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Virus now in Gaza, Syria, raising fears in vulnerable areas

Mar. 22, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The arrival of the coronavirus in the Gaza Strip, an impoverished enclave where the health care system has been gutted by years of conflict, and Syria, which has been devastated by nine years of civil war and sanctions, raised fears Sunday that the pandemic may soon prey on...

The streets of the Jordanian Capital are seen empty after the start of a nationwide curfew, amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, in Amman, Jordan,Saturday, March 21, 2020.  Air raid sirens have echoed across Jordan's capital to mark the start of a three-day curfew. It's the latest mass lockdown in the Middle East aimed at containing the coronavirus (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Jordan goes on virus lockdown as Iran's death toll mounts

Mar. 21, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Air raid sirens echoed across Jordan's capital Saturday to mark the start of a three-day curfew, the latest mass lockdown in the Middle East aimed at containing the coronavirus, which has claimed another 123 lives in Iran, home to the region's worst outbreak. The latest deaths bring...

Workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus, at the main market in Gaza City, Thursday, March 19, 2020. The Middle East has some 20,000 cases of the virus, with most cases in Iran or linked to travel from Iran. The vast majority of people recover from COVID-19. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Palestinians report 1st cases of coronavirus in Gaza Strip

Mar. 21, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry announced early Sunday that two residents who returned recently from Pakistan to the Gaza Strip tested positive for the coronavirus, the first cases to be diagnosed in the Palestinian enclave. The development added to fears of a potential...