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Hamas prepares for COVID-19 outbreak to worsen

Hamas in the Gaza Strip is facing major challenges in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic due to the scarcity of financial and medical resources, despite strict containment measures.
GAZA, PALESTINE - 2020/03/23: A civil worker disinfectants the UNRWA school as a preventive measure against the spread of Coronavirus in Khan Yunis.
Test results confirm two cases in Gaza hence recording the first cases of COVID-19 in the Hamas-controlled strip. (Photo by Yousef Masoud/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Hamas movement and the ministries it runs in the Gaza Strip have intensified their efforts to confront the coronavirus pandemic by taking a series of preventive measures, as well as launching several relief projects including in-kind and cash assistance to farmers and to families affected by the lockdown in Gaza.

Hamas is coordinating production of 1 million protective masks to distribute for free to Gazans, while the Ministry of Labor has provided online registration information for workers affected by a lockdown to receive the in-kind and financial assistance.

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