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After delay, Israel allows vaccines into Hamas-run Gaza

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2020 file photo, a Palestinian paramedic takes a nasal swab to test...
FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2020 file photo, a Palestinian paramedic takes a nasal swab to test for the coronavirus, at a mosque in Gaza City. The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, that it dispatched the first shipment of coronavirus vaccines to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, two days after accusing Israel of preventing it from sending the doses amid objections from some Israeli lawmakers. Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila said in a statement that the PA sent 2,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine for front-line medical workers through the Beitunia crossing between the occupied West Bank and Israel en route to Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)(Khalil Hamra | AP)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 5:20 AM CST
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel has allowed the Palestinian Authority to deliver the first shipment of vaccines to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

An Associated Press photographer saw the shipment arrive at the Kerem Shalom crossing on Wednesday. The PA said it sent 2,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to Gaza.

The move comes two days after the PA said Israel was preventing the shipment, which is intended for front-line medics.

Israeli lawmakers had been debating whether to allow vaccines into Gaza, which has been ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas since 2007. Some had suggested the delivery of vaccines be linked to progress on the release of two captives held by Hamas.

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