GAZA, Palestine 

The secretary general of the Islamic Jihad resistance movement urged Israel on Sunday to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip as the novel coronavirus poses a threat to all Palestinians.

In a statement, Ziad Nakhla said the Israeli authorities had to choose between ending the blockade and releasing Palestinian prisoners or facing the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.

Nakhla warned the Israeli administration and said the movement would protect Palestinians should they face any trouble emanating from the blockade.

He noted that Palestinians should adopt a firmer stance against Israel, whose blockade makes daily life difficult.


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