1,000 Russia-donated vaccines enter Gaza

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1,000 Russia-donated vaccines enter Gaza
The infrastructure and limited electricity supply in Gaza do not allow for the storage of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines Israel purchased.
By LAHAV HARKOV
FEBRUARY 17, 2021

Israel allowed 1,000 of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines to be transferred to the Gaza Strip through the Erez border crossing on Wednesday, following approval from the Defense Ministry. The transfer had been held up by debates in Israel, including a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as to whether to demand that Hamas free civilians it is holding hostage in Gaza, Abera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, and the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, that Hamas has kept since 2014.

Goldin’s family petitioned the High Court of Justice on Wednesday to stop the transfer of vaccines to Hamas-controlled Gaza until the soldiers’ bodies and the captives are released. Simcha Goldin, Hadar Goldin’s father, said the country was “stabbing IDF combat soldiers in the back.” “The minimal requirement should be to bring back the fighters Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin,” he said. “This government has lost its basic values and is abandoning IDF soldiers to the worst of Israel’s enemies.”

more......... https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/1000-sputnik-v-vaccines-transferred-to-gaza-strip-659236
 
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