Palestinians working in Israel face coronavirus dilemma - BBC News

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Before dawn, Palestinian security officers put on protective masks and gloves as they set up a hidden roadblock by the start of a dirt track through fields west of Hebron.

Their task is to stop labourers from crossing illegally to Israel through gaps in its separation barrier. They would not normally do this, but these are unusual times.

"We'll prevent workers from sneaking into Israel until this pandemic is over," says intelligence officer Raed Zghayar. "We must protect our mothers, wives and children."

Of the 326 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus among Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem, most have been traced to workers in Israel and its settlements, which have been dealing with a much larger outbreak.


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