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Palestinian men take up cooking in quarantine

Forced to stay at home due to precautions against COVID-19, some Palestinian men are learning to cook for the first time in their lives.
NABLUS, March 30, 2020 .Palestinian chef Hasan Titi, 56, helps his wife Samar Titi in cooking and preparing homemade meal inside their house kitchen in the West Bank city of Nablus, March 30, 2020. Normally, it's the women who do the cooking and kitchen chores in Palestine. However, this is changing amid a lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus. 
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Samar Titi laughs and says her husband, Hassan, has hardly ever stepped into their kitchen throughout 27 years of marriage, not even to pour himself a cup of tea.

One reason was that Hassan, a video journalist, was rarely home. The father of three would have coffee with his wife in the morning, then rush to work most days of the week.

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