Palestinian Authority orders nightly, weekend coronavirus curfew Jul 13, 2020 0 376 12345 AFPRamallahThe Palestinian Authority on Sunday imposed a night-time and weekend curfew on the occupied West Bank for the coming 14 days to try and rein in rising coronavirus numbers.“Travel will be prohibited daily from 8:00 pm (1700 GMT) to 6:00 am in all governorates,” as well as from Thursday evening to Sunday morning, Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem told a news conference.In the addition to the general dawn-to-dusk curfew, major cities Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus and Bethlehem, will be under total lockdown until Thursday evening, he said, while travel between districts will be banned for two weeks.Only pharmacies and bakeries will be allowed to open.“It is strictly forbidden to organise weddings, funerals and parties,” said Melhem, adding that Palestinians were also barred from going to work in Israeli settlements.The West Bank, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six Day war, is home to over 2.8 million Palestinians with another 450,000 Israelis living fenced off from them in settlements.In its daily report, the Palestinian health ministry said Sunday that there have so far been over 6,150 confirmed cases of COVID 19 infection, with 33 dead.The Palestinian Authority imposed a full West Bank lockdown after the first coronavirus cases were identified in early March, lifting it at the end of May.It was reimposed on July 3 and since extended in light of the rising infection data.In Israel, with a population of about nine million, the number of confirmed infections was given Sunday as more than 38,600 and just over 360 were reported dead. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Pro-Haftar forces say will maintain Libya oil blockade Jul 13, 2020 0 376 Iran’s Khamenei urges fight against ‘tragic’ virus resurgence Jul 13, 2020 0 422 Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing Jul 13, 2020 0 992 Coronavirus claims over 20,000 lives across Mideast Paris The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 20,000 people across the Middle East, half of them in Iran, according to an AFP tally at 1000 GMT Sunday based on official tolls. But despite having 907,736 .. Jordan king says virus ‘under control’ AFP Amman Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Sunday that his country had successfully brought the novel coronavirus “under control” and that it was time to focus on restarting the economy. “We have successfully dealt with .. Four civilians killed in Mali unrest: Hospital Bamako Four people, including two teenagers, were killed in violence that raged in the Malian capital Bamako on Saturday and through the night, a hospital official said. Clashes have erupted in Bamako as demonstrators .. Egypt cracks down on ‘life-threatening’ kite-flying DPA Cairo Egypt has launched a crackdown to arrest makers and flyers of kites after the pastime reportedly caused accidents among young people and kids. Flying kites has gained more popularity in densely populated urban .. Iranian petrochemical plant rocked by explosion, fire Tehran A petrochemical complex in south-western Iran exploded and erupted into flames on Sunday, the country’s ISNA news agency reported. The blaze occurred at the Shahid Tondgooyan plant in the city of Mahshahr. The ..