Palestinian Authority sends first shipment of to Gaza
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Palestinian Authority Sends First Shipment Of To Gaza

The Palestinian Authority sent the first shipment of coronavirus vaccines to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday.


The Palestinian Authority sent the first shipment of coronavirus vaccines to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

It comes two days after accusing Israel of preventing it from dispatching the doses amid objections from some Israeli lawmakers.

2,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine were delivered, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

An Israeli defense official said that authorities approved the delivery, adding that it's “not in Israel's interest to have a Gaza health crisis.”

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Gaza is home to more than 2 million Palestinians, many of whom live in close confines.

It has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas, an Islamic militant group, seized power from PA forces in 2007.

Gaza's Health Ministry has reported more than 53,000 cases and at least 538 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Israeli lawmakers had debated whether to allow the delivery of vaccines into Gaza.

Some had argued that the delivery should be linked to progress on the release of two Israeli captives held by Hamas and the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed in a 2014 war with Palestinian militants.

They have also expressed concern that vaccines would go to Hamas members rather than medics.

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