From the Document: "What's new? After months during which authorities halted COVID-19's [coronavirus disease 2019] spread with rigorous quarantine measures, the virus appears to have taken root in the Gaza Strip. Dozens of new cases are being diagnosed every day. Why does it matter? A major outbreak in Gaza would likely be disastrous. Years of conflict and Israeli blockade have left the strip's health care facilities in a parlous state. Enforcing lockdowns and social distancing is difficult in the densely populated enclave. What should be done? Israel should take urgent steps to both allow Gaza to acquire the medical supplies it needs to deal with COVID-19 and let the strip's residents who are seriously ill travel abroad to seek care. Donor countries should heed the calls of local and international organisations for financial and medical assistance."
Crisis Group Middle East Briefing No. 78
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