Worshippers perform the Dhuhr (noon) prayers in Al-Abbas mosque in Gaza City
Worshippers perform the Dhuhr (noon) prayers in Al-Abbas mosque in Gaza City
Photo: Reuters
Worshippers perform the Dhuhr (noon) prayers in Al-Abbas mosque in Gaza City

Mosques and nursery schools reopen in Gaza

The 2 million person, Hamas controled enclave has seen 61 confirmed cases and one virus-related death since start of coronavirus pandemic

Reuters |
Published: 06.03.20 , 17:25
Mosques reopened for daily prayers and children returned to nursery schools on Wednesday in an easing of coronavirus restrictions in the Gaza Strip.
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  • The Hamas Islamist-run enclave, whose borders are tightly controlled by Israel and Egypt, has recorded 61 confirmed infection cases, all in quarantine facilities, and one death during the health crisis. Two million Palestinians live in Gaza.
    Worshippers perform the Dhuhr (noon) prayers in Al-Abbas mosque in Gaza City Worshippers perform the Dhuhr (noon) prayers in Al-Abbas mosque in Gaza City
    Worshippers perform the Dhuhr (noon) prayers in Al-Abbas mosque in Gaza City
    (Photo: Reuters)
    In the past week, Muslim religious authorities in the territory have allowed Friday prayers in mosques, after a two-month closure.
    They will now be open to worshippers every day. Abdel-Hadi Al-Agha, director of the Hamas-led Waqf and Religious Affairs ministry, said he instructed mosque leaders to keep sermons and prayers brief as a health precaution.
    People leave after performing the Dhuhr (noon) prayers at Al-Abbas mosque in Gaza City People leave after performing the Dhuhr (noon) prayers at Al-Abbas mosque in Gaza City
    People leave after performing the Dhuhr (noon) prayers at Al-Abbas mosque in Gaza City
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Ahmed Al-Safadi, a Gaza City imam, said dozens of people attended dawn prayers at his mosque.
    "People's pleasure at returning to God's house is a great blessing," he said.
    Gaza authorities also ordered the reopening of pre-schools, for children between the ages of two and five.
    "A big percentage of families are employees and since they have resumed their jobs in offices, they have brought their children back to our nursery school," said Hind Assousi, principal of the Beautiful Smile kindergarten in Gaza City.
    Children attend a drawing activity in a nursery school in Gaza City Children attend a drawing activity in a nursery school in Gaza City
    Children attend a drawing activity in a nursery school in Gaza City
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The education system in Gaza and the West Bank was shut down in March to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
    The school year for elementary and secondary schools in Gaza and the West Bank has officially ended, with the exception of final exams that began on Saturday for high school students.

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