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Gaza’s main COVID lab ceases operations due to damage from IDF strike

This picture taken on April 22, 2021 shows a general view of nurses and patients at the COVID-19 coronavirus intensive care unit at the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital in Gaza City. (Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
This picture taken on April 22, 2021 shows a general view of nurses and patients at the COVID-19 coronavirus intensive care unit at the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital in Gaza City. (Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

Gaza’s main coronavirus laboratory has ceased functioning due to damage from an Israeli airstrike that fell across the street, Hamas health minister Yusuf Abu Rish says.

The alleged Israeli airstrike targeted the Faisal al-Shawa building in the al-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City. The clinic is adjacent to the al-Shawa building, according to Gaza media.

The Israeli military does not respond to a request for comment.

While Israel has largely managed to leave the coronavirus pandemic behind following an extensive inoculation campaign, the vast majority of Gazans have yet to be vaccinated.

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