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Palestinian Authority security forces wearing face masks block the entrance to the city of Bethlehem south of Jerusalem in Judea

Five new cases of the COVID-19 new coronavirus have been diagnosed in the Palestinian Authority.

Four are in Bethlehem and one is in the village of Irtah, near Tulkarem, in the PA-controlled area of Samaria – the first outside Bethlehem.

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The new cases bring the total number to 25 people who are ill with the virus in the Palestinian Authority.

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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.