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Palestinian Authority bans residents from crossing 1949 armistice line

Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mohammad Shtayyeh announced that the PA will allow those who work in pre-1967 Israel three days to settle their business affairs, Wafa reported.

At the end of the three days, no one will be allowed to cross the 1949 armistice line, which separates the areas under PA control from the majority of those under Israeli control, into the “inland” areas.

Shtayyeh also requested that those employees who work in Israeli-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria not attend work, in order to preserve their health, that of their families, and that of the “Palestinian nation.” He noted that there have been several cases of coronavirus in Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria.

Shtayyeh also placed the full responsibility for the health of Jerusalem’s Arabs on Israel, demanding that Israel take every precaution to ensure their health.

He added that the PA is cooperating with both Egypt and Jordan regarding border closures, and there is no passage between the areas other than merchandise and humanitarian cases.

hree new cases of coronavirus were discovered in the Bethlehem area on Tuesday, Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet spokesman Ibrahim Milhem announced.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the PA to 44.

Milhem added that the three new cases are a man and two women, residents of the town of Beit Sahour which is located east of Bethlehem, who were supposed to be in isolation but did not obey directives to do so.

Bethlehem is the epicenter of the coronavirus in the PA, with the most cases being reported there. The deadly virus started to spread in the PA after a case was reported in a Greek tourist group that visited the city.