‘Double lockdown’: COVID-19 adds to blockaded Gaza’s despair – Reuters Africa

GAZA (Reuters) – On a deserted beachfront in a newly locked-down Gaza, fishermen look impotently at the Mediterranean waters they can no longer access under two separate bans – one by Israel and the other by Hamas police imposing COVID-19 restrictions. A view shows tied up fishing boats during a lockdown following the recent outbreak…

‘Double lockdown’: COVID-19 adds to blockaded Gaza’s despair – Reuters Africa

GAZA (Reuters) – On a deserted beachfront in a newly locked-down Gaza, fishermen look impotently at the Mediterranean waters they can no longer access under two separate bans – one by Israel and the other by Hamas police imposing COVID-19 restrictions. A view shows tied up fishing boats during a lockdown following the recent outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the general population, at the seaport of Gaza City August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed SalemIn a narrow coastal enclave that is home to 2 million Palestinians, the 40 km coastline in normal times provides an important food source, and employment for 4,000 fishermen. But old politics and new pandemic combined to leave the territory’s fish markets virtually empty on Friday, when they would usually be packed on the busiest day of the week with Palestinians buying fresh sea bream and sardines. The enforced fishing layoff began on Aug. 16 when Israel tightened its
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