Palestinians demand Israel seal off West Bank to stop virus

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh is demanding that Israel close its crossings into the West Bank, blaming it for nearly a fifth of infections among Palestinians.

Shtayyeh says Israel’s control over the crossings is preventing the PA from being able to effectively deal with the outbreak. He says the issue will be brought up with the UN.

According to Shtayyeh, 18 percent of cases stemmed from Palestinians working inside Israel, while the rest of the infections were spread at weddings and funerals, on which he also called for a ban, according to the official Wafa outlet.