Palestinian injured by Israeli military gunfire near Jenin

Palestinian injured by Israeli military gunfire near Jenin”

Israel has agreed to provide some 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli defense ministry said on Sunday.

The Palestinian Authority has not received any vaccine so far, and hoped to receive the first shipment at the beginning of February, thanks to the COVAX International Mechanism to help the poorest countries.

"I confirm we are going to send 5,000 vaccines to medical teams in the Palestinian Authority", a spokesperson for Defence Minister Benny Gantz told AFP.

Israel has the world's highest number of vaccines administered per capita, with almost 33 percent of its population immunised as of Sunday, but its vaccine rollout has been tainted by its government's refusal to inoculate Palestinians living under its control.

Israeli forces Monday evening shot and injured a Palestinian young man near Barta'a town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, according to local sources.

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Israel denies it has such an obligation, citing the interim peace agreements reached in the 1990s.

"Morally and legally, this differential access to necessary health care in the midst of the worst global health crisis in a century is unacceptable", United Nations experts said in a statement earlier this week.

The campaign includes Israel's Arab citizens and Palestinians living in annexed east Jerusalem.

The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan so far, Amnesty had noted at the time, "excludes the almost 5 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, under Israeli military occupation".

The Palestinian Authority has been trying to acquire doses through a World Health Organization program known as COVAX. It has also emerged as another flashpoint in the decades-old Mideast conflict, even as the virus has wreaked havoc on both sides.

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