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Palestinian Hamas police stand guard at the entrance of a mosque as worshipers attend the last Friday noon Prayer of the holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, Friday, May. 22, 2020. After nearly two months of closure due to the coronavirus, Gaza's Hamas rulers decided to partially reopen mosques for the Friday noon prayer.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Gaza reports 1st virus-related death amid fears of outbreak

May. 23, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The crowded Gaza Strip recorded its first death from the coronavirus on Saturday, officials said, amid fears an outbreak could paralyze the territory's already overstretched health care system. The Palestinian health ministry said the deceased was a 77-year-old woman who had...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Palestinian Hamas police stand guard at the entrance of a mosque as worshipers attend the last Friday noon Prayer of the holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, Friday, May. 22, 2020. After nearly two months of closure due to the coronavirus, Gaza's Hamas rulers decided to partially reopen mosques for the Friday noon prayer.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Friday prayers resume in Gaza despite new virus fears

May. 22, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s Hamas rulers allowed mosques to reopen for Friday prayers for the first time since March, despite a recent spike in new coronavirus cases within quarantine facilities in the isolated territory. Worshippers were given hand sanitizer as they entered mosques. They...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. An international aid group says Friday, May 22, 2020 that some 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary general called for a global cease-fire to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a report Friday that the bulk of the newly displaced were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that large numbers were also uprooted in Yemen, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi)

The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus

May. 22, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. again urges global cease-fire to help tackle COVID-19...

In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020 photo released by the state-run WAM news agency, an Etihad Airways flights loaded with aid for the Palestinians to fight the coronavirus pandemic is loaded in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airways flew aid for the Palestinians amid the coronavirus pandemic from the capital of the United Arab Emirates into Israel on Tuesday, marking the first known direct commercial flight between the two nations. (WAM via AP)

Etihad makes 1st known commercial flight between UAE, Israel

May. 19, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An unmarked Etihad Airways cargo plane flew aid to help the Palestinians fight the coronavirus pandemic from the capital of the United Arab Emirates into Israel on Tuesday, marking the first known direct commercial flight between the two nations. The UAE, home to Abu...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, file photo, a newly built mansion for the Palestinian Authority stands behind a gate and seal on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Amnesty International on Thursday, May 7, 2020, censured Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for detaining critics and opponents for expressing their views. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Amnesty slams Palestinians' freedom of expression arrests

May. 7, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Amnesty International on Thursday censured Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for detaining critics and opponents for expressing their views. The London-based human rights group said five people were arrested in March and April, including a peace...

In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 photo, Palestinian engineer Raed Nakhal from Palestine Children Relief Fund, right, and engineer Abdullah Dewik, check the GEN-M machine that generates safe drinking water from air at the roof of al-Rantisi pediatric hospital in Gaza City. A Georgian-Israeli billionaire believes he has found a solution to the Gaza Strip’s chronic water crisis. Michael Mirilashvili wants to deliver hundreds of generators that produce drinking water out of thin air. His company, Watergen, has already delivered two of the machines to Gaza in a rare case of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in the Hamas-ruled enclave. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israeli billionaire hopes to bring water to parched Gaza

May. 6, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Georgian-Israeli billionaire believes he has found a solution to the Gaza Strip’s chronic water crisis. Michael Mirilashvili wants to deliver hundreds of generators that produce drinking water out of thin air. His company, Watergen, sent a machine to a Gaza hospital...

Israel responds to 1st Gaza rocket fire in more than a month

May. 6, 2020 2:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it struck three Hamas militant posts in Gaza early on Wednesday, in response to the first case of rocket fire from the territory in more than a month. The military said a rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel and landed in an open field. In response, it said it...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2020 file photo, Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman arrives for a a situation assessment meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others regarding the Coronavirus, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Litzman said Sunday, April 26, 2020, that he is stepping down following a public uproar over his handling of the coronavirus crisis and his own COVID-19 infection. He said that he will take over as Construction Minister once a new government is formed. (Jack Guez/Pool via AP, File)

Israeli court takes step to halt phone tracking amid virus

Apr. 26, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the Shin Bet security agency to halt its use of phone-surveillance technology in the battle against the coronavirus, unless parliament begins legislating guidelines for the controversial practice. In its decision, the court said parliament must...

FLE - In this Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo, Palestinians make protective overalls meant to shield people from the coronavirus, to be exported to Israel, at a local factory, in Gaza City. For the first time in years, some sewing factories in the Gaza Strip are back to working at full capacity — producing masks, gloves and protective gowns, some of which are bound for Israel.(AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)

Gaza factories roar back to life to make protective wear

Apr. 25, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — For the first time in years, sewing factories in the Gaza Strip are back to working at full capacity — producing masks, gloves and protective gowns, some of which are bound for Israel. It's a rare economic lifeline in the coastal territory, which has been blockaded by...