Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
Security forces loyal Hamas, wearing personal protective equipment as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, wait at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 13, 2020, to inspect any travelers crossing into the enclave.

A 77-year old Arab woman with a prior chronic illness because the first person to die in Gaza from COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.

Pachila Muhammad Abu Rida died Saturday at Al Aza Hospital near the Rafah Crossing after she contracted COVID-19.

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She arrived in the enclave from Egypt on May 19, and had been isolated since her arrival, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 13 news team.

To date, 39 people in Gaza have been diagnosed with the virus.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.