Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk tests positive for virus

Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk announces that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“The results of the test showed that I have been infected, although I have good health, thank God,” Abu Marzouk, who runs the terror group’s international relations department, writes on Twitter.

Abu Marzouk is the latest in a series of senior Palestinian officials to be infected with the virus in recent weeks. Hamas deputy chief Salih al-Arouri was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus earlier this month before making a full recovery.

Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Palestine Liberation Organization chief negotiator Saeb Erekat remains at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem in critical but stable condition after complications from his coronavirus infection earlier this month. PLO Executive Committee members Hanan Ashrawi, Azzam al-Ahmad, and Ahmad al-Majdalani have also tested positive for the virus in the last two weeks.

Abu Marzouk recently traveled to Cairo on a delegation with a number of other senior Hamas officials, including deputy Gaza chief Khalil al-Hayya. As of press time, there was no official update on whether they were being tested or quarantined.

— Aaron Boxerman