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Israel to End All COVID-19 Restrictions; Gaza Assault Increases Risk to Unvaccinated Palestinians

HeadlineMay 25, 2021

Israel’s Health Ministry says it will end all COVID-19 restrictions in June, after its mass vaccination program nearly succeeded in halting community spread of coronavirus. Daily infections across Israel are down to double digits, with an average of just one to two COVID deaths per day. Meanwhile, health officials in Gaza are warning tens of thousands of Palestinians who crowded into shelters during Israel’s 11-day bombardment are at high risk of COVID-19. Just 2% of Gazans are fully vaccinated, and Israel has refused to distribute vaccines in the Palestinian territories it occupies. During Israel’s assault on Gaza, an Israeli airstrike killed a prominent Palestinian doctor who was overseeing COVID cases at Gaza’s largest hospital. Another Israeli airstrike damaged Gaza’s only COVID testing lab.

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