The Takeaway: April 1, 2020

Highlights: The politics of COVID-19: Turkey claims success in fighting virus, while Russia uses crisis to buttress Assad; Saudi Muslim leader presses ahead with interfaith partnerships; Bahrain clears drug for COVID-19 treatment; Israel’s Arab Joint List at crossroads; Idlib’s poor live off garbage dumps; and more!

al-monitor A worker in protective suit disinfects Sultanahmet square in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Istanbul, Turkey March 21, 2020. The Hagia Sophia is seen in the background. Photo by Reuters/Kemal Aslan.

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idlib, benjamin netanyahu, benny gantz, israel elections, covid-19, coronavirus