Coronavirus: Palestinian manual workers told to leave Israel

PA PM warns contraction sites 'dangerous'

25 March, 17:49

    TEL AVIV - Palestinian Authority prime minister Muhammad Shtayyeh was quoted by WAFA Wednesday as warning the tens of thousands of Palestinian manual workers employed in Israel to go back to the West Bank as soon as possible. The prime minister noted that the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, was spreading fast in Israel and that wide-ranging restrictions expected to be brought in over the coming hours would in any case prevent them from continuing their work on the construction sites. Shtayyeh added that the workers would be required to abide by a 14-day quarantine in their homes on their return. WAFA added that a Palestinian detained in the Israeli jail of Nafha in the Neghev had set himself on fire on Wednesday to protest what he considered negligence by the prison against the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Ramla jail in Tel Aviv, four Palestinian detainees are now in quarantine after meeting with someone who may have been infected. WAFA reported that the detainees are in good condition.

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