Palestine extends state of emergency for 30 days Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced extending the state of emergency for 30 days amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced extending the state of emergency for 30 days amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The measure of extending the state of emergency and the other exceptional precautionary measures were taken to combat coronavirus, protect public health and achieve security and stability,” Xinhua news agency quoted Abbas as saying in a televised address on Friday.

He said that the Palestinian leadership “is doing its best to restrict the deadly coronavirus and limit its spread as much as we can”.

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