Even under normal circumstances – if such a thing exists in the Gaza Strip – a choir of cassanders constantly predicts the worst for its inhabitants, and the future is usually responsible for proving them right. However, this is an unprecedented scenario that terrifies humanitarian workers and experts today. That of an epidemic that put the world under siege, an experience well known to the Palestinians. And spent the jokes of the first weeks in the mode “if there is a place where nothing comes in, it’s here, we are quiet,” a dull concern seized Gaza.
Even under the Israeli-Egyptian blockade for more than thirteen years, the enclave has never been waterproof. A week ago, Hamas, master of the Palestinian territory, announced the detection of two cases of coronavirus. These are two tabligh preachers who entered Gaza by the Egyptian border after returning from an Islamist conference in Pakistan, a raid that has become one of the sources of contamination for the Muslim world. Seven dou officers
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Guillaume Gendron Correspondent in Tel Aviv