Palestinian police officers deployed in Jenin. (File photo via social media)
The West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp entered lockdown over the past five days to prevent further spread of coronavirus, said Jenin governor Akram Rajoub.
Small towns in the West Bank have occasionally been quarantined since the last major attempt at lockdown in July, but the decision to impose a lockdown in Jenin marks the first time that a Palestinian city was being placed under curfew.
“After assessing the epidemiological developments in Jenin and Jenin refugee camp and the increase in the number of active infections with the coronavirus to 177, it was decided to lock them both down beginning tomorrow at dawn,” Rajoub said in a statement last week.
Supermarkets and grocery stores were allowed to open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jenin and its refugee camp have about 60,000 Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
There are currently over 6,000 active cases among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, a sharp decrease from the peak of over 10,000 last month. Much of the decline may be due to limited testing, however.