Gaza Strip’s vaccination campaign kicks off using Russia’s Sputnik V Feb 23, 2021 0 311 12345 dpa Gaza CityThe Gaza Strip’s vaccination campaign against COVID-19 began Monday using Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said in a statement.A total of 11,000 people are expected to get both doses of the vaccine over the next three weeks.On Sunday, Mohammad Dahlan - the rival of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - brokered the shipment of 20,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine to the Strip, donated by the United Arab Emirates.The shipment arrived in Gaza through the Rafah border crossing point with Egypt.A ministry spokesman said that medical staff would be the first to get inoculated, followed by patients with chronic diseases and those who have had organ transplants.It is the first large shipment of vaccines to Gaza, which is run by the radical Islamist Hamas movement, since the outbreak of the pandemic last March. Last week, the Palestinian Authority sent 2,000 doses from the West Bank to Gaza to help combat the spread of the virus in the coastal enclave.Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, over 54,000 cases of infection and 543 deaths have been recorded in the coastal enclave, according to data released Sunday.The Gaza Strip is home to over 2 million people, living in cramped and often miserable conditions with poor health care.Israel intensified its blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2007, in a move supported by Egypt. Both countries say the measure is necessary for security reasons.Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and the European Union. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Myanmar gripped by general strike amid massive anti-coup protests Feb 23, 2021 0 247 Iran, IAEA agree to continued but limited nuclear inspections Feb 23, 2021 0 264 Italian envoy to Congo killed in ambush on UN convoy Feb 23, 2021 0 380 Indian activist Varavara Rao, 81, granted bail New Delhi: - An Indian Maoist ideologue and activist who has been in jail for over two years in a caste violence case that has grabbed global attention was granted bail by a court on medical grounds on Monday. Varavara Rao, .. 4 female aid workers killed in Pak former al-Qaeda bastion dpa Islamabad Gunmen in north-western Pakistan on Monday shot and killed at least four female aid workers, police said, amid a resurgence of violence in the former al-Qaeda stronghold region. The women from a Pakistani .. Taliban oppose US plan to delay troop withdrawal Kabul: The Taliban strongly reject a possible postponement of the United States’ troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a spokesman for the insurgent group said in an interview with dpa. “Our fighters will never agree to an .. Wine ends petition against election result over ‘bias’ Kampala: Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has withdrawn a petition to challenge election results that cleared the way for the re-election of long-term president Yoweri Museveni, Wine’s spokesperson said on .. Gang releases 53 kidnapped people in Nigeria Lagos: Fifty-three people, mostly women and children, have been released from the hands of a criminal gang in west-central Nigeria, a local government official said Monday. Most of the released had been kidnapped on ..