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Israel suggests strings be attached to coronavirus aid for Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett has urged that any aid to Gaza for the COVID-19 pandemic be linked to the recovery of soldiers' remains.
Palestinian artists paint protective face masks to encourage people to wear them as a precaution against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Gaza City March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem - RC2DUF9EIP84

Israel’s defense minister suggested today that future coronavirus assistance for the Gaza Strip be contingent on recovering the remains of two Israeli soldiers who died in 2014. 

Reuters quoted Bennett as telling reporters that while the world is now discussing Gaza's humanitarian issues, "Israel also has humanitarian needs, which are mainly the recovery of the fallen." He added, “It would not be right to disconnect these things.” 

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