PA to reopen some school grades in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority announces that some students will return to school beginning on Sunday, as coronavirus restrictions in the West Bank are relaxed.

Students between 7th and 11th grades will be allowed to head back for in-person instruction, government spokesperson Ibrahim Melhem says in a statement.

But most other lockdown restrictions will remain in place, Melhem says, including a nightly curfew and a ban on travel between West Bank provinces.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry reports 12,593 active coronavirus cases; 7,000 are in the Gaza Strip, and 5,593 in the West Bank.

According to the ministry, 1,665 Palestinians have died from the coronavirus in the West Bank and Gaza.