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Corona pandemic, premier on signing of agreements in Washington focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, The corona pandemic in Palestine and comments by Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on the signing of the agreements between two Arab countries and Israel in Washington today were highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today.

Al-Ayyam said five people have died of coronavirus and 788 new cases were recorded yesterday in Palestine, adding that a West Bank village was placed under lockdown and offices and schools were closed after cases were discovered.

Al-Quds said there will be no full lockdown in Palestine yet, despite the rise in the corona cases, adding that three people have died in East Jerusalem and 230 new cases were recorded in the holy city in the past two days.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said Nablus governor was diagnosed with the corona disease and that President Mahmoud Abbas has called him to check on his health.

It also quoted Shtayyeh saying that the signing of normalization agreements in Washington between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain with Israel is “a black day” for the Arab world.

Al-Quds used the same quote from Shtayyeh, and also quoted Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh saying that the US administration tried to connect with Hamas after it proposed its so-called deal of the century.

Al-Ayyam quoted Shtayyeh talking about the financial situation saying that Israel has placed unacceptable conditions to transfer the clearance funds despite interventions from international parties.

It also said Israeli occupation forces broke into the Muslim prayer area known as Bab al-Rahma inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and that Israel is going to demolish a mosque in Silwan neighborhood.

It said the Israeli murderer of the Dawabshe family in the West Bank five years ago was sentenced to three life terms plus 20 years.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted on its front page a law issued by President Abbas banning public employees from receiving financial stipends for chairing or participating in meetings of the boards or trustees of public institutions.

Al-Quds said that Palestinian businessman Bashar Masri announced the launch in his new city, Rawabi, of al-Ard initiative and that one million Israeli shekels will be invested in six anti-settlements projects in the West Bank.

 

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency