- Title: Palestinians rush to markets as PM orders residents to stay at home
- Date: 22nd March 2020
- Summary: HEBRON, WEST BANK (MARCH 22, 2020) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WALKING IN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES MARKET VENDORS SORTING PRODUCTS TOMATOES IN BOXES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) VENDOR, NOOR AL-JOULANI, SAYING: "For sure it will affect the people but at the same time this is a good decision in order to fight this disease. Great countries can't fight it, so this decision is unique but a good decision. People should commit to it. This situation is bad." MAN SELLING STRAWBERRIES STRAWBERRIES MAN CARRYING BAGS AND WALKING ALONG STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN RESIDENT, AHMED JAWABREH, SAYING: "The situation has forced us to be prepared. The government announced 14 days of home confinement, but this doesn't mean we should be afraid. But we should be ready so we won't need to leave homes in the coming days." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT SUPERMARKET WITH TROLLIES FILLED WITH FOOD VARIOUS OF CASHIER AT WORK PEOPLE LEAVING SUPERMARKET PRODUCTS IN TROLLEY / SUPERMARKET DOORS CLOSING JERICHO, WEST BANK (MARCH 22, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MARKET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JERICHO RESIDENT, 52-YEAR OLD MOWFK HASWHIM, SAYING: "The gathering of people at markets to buy stuff is not necessary because the the prime minister announced that all supplies for the Palestinian people will be available." PEOPLE BUYING VEGETABLES AT MARKET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TEACHER, , 36-YEAR OLD, SAED AL FAHED, SAYING: "Because the coming days will be hard and this pandemic has started to spread in a crazy way. The closure and the home confinement is the best way to stop the spread of this pandemic, and to protect people in Jericho." VARIOUS OF WOMAN BUYING TOMATOES VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT MARKET
- Embargoed: 5th April 2020 16:19
- Keywords: Palestinians Shtayyeh home-confine
- Location: HEBRON AND JERICHO, WEST BANK
- City: HEBRON AND JERICHO, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001C64VQKN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Palestinians flocked to buy supplies on Sunday (March 22), after stay-at-home orders were announced in the occupied West Bank to limit coronavirus contagion.
The Palestinian government ordered people to stay home for two weeks to try to slow the spread of the virus. Medical personnel, pharmacists, grocers and bakers were exempted. A Palestinian official said people would be allowed to shop for food.
On Saturday (March 21), Israeli authorities said they were closing borders with Gaza and the West Bank to commercial traffic, though some patients and humanitarian staff could cross.
Muslim religious authorities in Gaza and the West Bank urged people to pray at home, rather than in mosques, and not to hold traditional mourning gatherings at relatives' homes in the event of fatalities.
The Palestinian health ministry listed 59 confirmed coronavirus cases in the West Bank, while Israel had 945 confirmed cases and one death.
(Production: Roleen Tafakji, Adel Abu Nehme, Mousa Qawasmi, Yusri Al-Jamal)
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