Palestine and the Coronavirus; Mohamed Hadid Speaks Out
On Friday, the State of Palestine declared a state of emergency after four new cases of the coronavirus were detected in the West Bank, bringing up the total number of total infections to 35. On the other side of the mishmash that is Israel, the Gaza Strip is bracing for the blow. Although no coronavirus incidents have been reported in the western Hamas-controlled region, the lack of proper healthcare infrastructure has everyone terrified.
UN officials described Gaza’s health care system in the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic as a disaster in-the-making. The exacerbation of the situation is not a matter of if but when.
The coastal enclave is one of the most densely populated and least prepared in the world. This has prompted a number of Palestinians overseas to speak out, with Palestinian real estate mogul Mohamed Hadid at the forefront.
Hadid took to Instagram to decry the atrocities committed by Israel over the year and urged the international community to pressure it into facilitating the transfer of disinfectants, testing kits, medicine, equipment, and aid to the healthcare professionals throughout the Palestinian territories.