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Fearing Gaza virus spread, Hamas preps for mass quarantinesThe Gaza Strip has been largely cut off from the world for more than a decade by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade
The Associated Press23 minutes ago
The streets of the Jordanian Capital are seen empty after the start of a nationwide curfew, amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, in Amman, Jordan,Saturday, March 21, 2020.  Air raid sirens have echoed across Jordan's capital to mark the start of a three-day curfew. It's the latest mass lockdown in the Middle East aimed at containing the coronavirus.  (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
Jordan releases travelers quarantined at Dead Sea hotelsJordan has begun releasing thousands of travelers who were quarantined for the last two weeks at five-star hotels on the Dead Sea in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus
The Associated Press34 minutes ago
IS militants riot in eastern Syria prison, some escapeA Syrian Kurdish official says Islamic State militants rioted inside in a prison in northeastern Syria, wrestling control from guards on an entire floor in the facility from the guards while a number of prisoners managed to escaped
The Associated Press8 hours ago
U.S. soldiers stand guard during the hand over ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield, Iraqi Security Forces, in the south of Mosul, Iraq  early Friday, March 27, 2020. Iraq's military on Thursday said at least two rockets hit inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government and home to the American Embassy, in the first attack following a brief lull in violence from earlier this month. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)
US-led forces pull out of 3rd Iraqi base this month U.S.-led coalition forces have pulled out of an Iraqi military base that nearly brought Washington into an open war with Iran
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Medical workers oversee the disinfection of the streets to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Qamishli, Syria, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first deathIran's president has lashed out at criticism of authorities' lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Dubai firm tied to Trump posts loss as virus downturn loomsDAMAC Properties, Dubai's largest, fully private real estate developer, has posted its first yearly loss since becoming a publicly traded company in 2013
The Associated Press23 hours ago
Saudi forces destroy missile fired over capital RiyadhSaudi Arabia's Air Defense Forces say they have intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile over the capital
The Associated Press1 day ago
People sit at distance to receive relief goods during a nation-wide lockdown to contain outbreak of the coronavirus, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 27, 2020. The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreakChina has sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies to help fight the spread of the coronavirus in the nation of 220 million people
The Associated Press1 day ago
With virus, cherished Mideast traditions come to abrupt haltAs the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the Middle East, cherished traditions are coming to an abrupt halt: No more massive weddings and celebrations
The Associated Press1 day ago
Syria, UAE leaders discuss coronavirus, a thaw in relationsSyria's president and one of the United Arab Emirates' most powerful leaders have spoken on the phone, signalling a major thaw in Damascus' troubled relations with Arab countries, which had mostly boycotted President Bashar Assad and backed his opposition
The Associated Press2 days ago
Israel says Gaza militants fired rocket at Israeli townIsrael says Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired a rocket into the country's south
The Associated Press2 days ago
Palestinian policeman mans a checkpoint to receive and register laborers exiting an Israeli army checkpoint, on their way home at the end of a day work in Israel, part of a strict precautionary measures to contain coronavirus outbreak, near the bordering West Bank village of Nilin, west of Ramallah, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Iran's army sets up hospital in capital as virus toll climbsIran has confirmed another 144 deaths from the coronavirus and says thousands more are in critical condition as the military completed work on a 2,000-bed field hospital in an exhibition center in the capital, Tehran
The Associated Press2 days ago
In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many frontsAt 20, Malak el-Kashif is perhaps Egypt’s most outspoken transgender woman activist
The Associated Press3 days ago
In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundredsAn Iranian doctor says hundreds have died and thousands have been sickened from ingesting toxic methanol across the Islamic Republic out of the false belief it kills the new coronavirus
The Associated Press3 days ago
Israeli parliament chooses Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz as new speaker, in unexpected step that could signal unity dealIsraeli parliament chooses Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz as new speaker, in unexpected step that could signal unity deal
The Associated Press3 days ago
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