JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Authority on Saturday announced a new set of lockdown restrictions in the West Bank, as coronovirus infections are on the rise and Palestinians await the rollout of an important vaccination program.
The move came when Israel sufficiently supplied the vaccine for itself and went ahead with its own vaccination program, Rest of the world. The imbalance has added a long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a new layer of friction. Investigating Israel’s obligations In authorized areas.
Lockdown restrictions that last up to 12 days include closure of universities, night time on travel and unprofessional commerce, and restrictions on weddings, parties and gatherings for funerals.
Palestinian Health Minister, Mai al-Kaila said on Saturday that 910 new cases and five deaths were reported in the West Bank in the last 24 hours. He said another Palestinian, Kovid-19, died in the Gaza Strip operated by Hamas after contracting it.
Three more Palestinians from East Jerusalem, Ms. Al-Kaila said, had died of the disease in recent times.
Ms Al-Kaila said about 91 percent of Palestinians infected with the disease since last March. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, there have been approximately 206,440 confirmed cases among Palestinians over the past year, including 24,500 in Israel-linked East Jerusalem.
Israel’s vaccination program extends to all residents of East Jerusalem, but many Palestinians there are reluctant to take the vaccine, residents said, less trusting Israeli authorities and socially negative, negative about vaccination Media due to flood of rumors
Israeli officials say the Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-governance in parts of the West Bank, assumed responsibility for health services in areas of its control when the Oslo Accords form in the mid-1990s Interim peace agreements going to India were signed.
Israel has vaccinated more than half of its population of 9.2 million with the first dose, and more than a third with the second dose, but has so far provided Palestinian authority with only 2,000 vaccine doses and promised over 3,000 is. More than 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank, with an additional two million in Gaza.
Israeli officials have said that it is in their interest to help the Palestinian people because Israeli citizens, including hundreds of thousands of people from the West Bank, have been fully vaccinated. He has indicated that he may begin vaccinating thousands of Palestinian laborers who regularly come to work inside Israel and may transfer more and more vaccines to the Palestinian Authority, but did not provide any details. has gone.
Advocates of human rights have argued that Israel should vaccinate the Palestinian population with its own citizens. They cite the Fourth Geneva Convention, under which the powers of possession are obliged to ensure the public health of those living under occupation as far as possible. A head of the Oslo Accords also calls for cooperation to deal with the epidemic.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently accepted this dispute Vaccine diplomacyPledged to send thousands of additional doses to the Guatemalan allies from Hungary. The effort has been put forward by the Israeli Attorney General as an inquiry into whether the decision came through appropriate means.
So far, Palestinians have received 10,000 doses of its Sputnik V vaccine from Russia, 2,000 of which have been transferred from the West Bank to Gaza. Last weekend, another shipment of 20,000 Russian doses donated by the United Arab Emirates entered Gaza across the Egyptian border.
Palestinian officials expect to receive 37,440 Pfizer doses and hundreds of thousands of AstraZeneca doses sometime in March through Kovacs, a global-shared initiative. Additional supply of AstraZeneca vaccine is expected.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Muhammad Shatayh said on Saturday that global competition for delaying a significant vaccination rollout was mostly defective, but that a batch of vaccines was expected to arrive next week, according to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.
Israel is still reeling from high infection rates despite its successful vaccine rollout, and has banned night travel from Thursday in an attempt to stop parties on the Purim holiday.