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World in brief: April 6, 2020

GREECE: The Malakasa refugee camp north-east of Athens was placed in quarantine yesterday after a resident tested positive for Covid-19, the second migrant facility in the past four days.

Last Thursday the Ritsona camp was placed on lockdown for 14 days after a woman in labour tested positive for the disease.

No cases have yet been recorded on the Greek islands, where thousands of refugees live in squalid and overcrowded camps.

LEBANON: Hezbollah commander Muhammad Ali Yunis was assassinated by an unknown gunman yesterday morning, sparking speculation that Israeli intelligence agency Mossad may have been behind the attack.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said Mr Yunis was “responsible for tracking spies and collaborators.”

Sources close to Hezbollah said he was pursuing a suspect in southern Lebanon when he was ambushed by three cars.

RUSSIA: Five people were shot dead in the village of Yelatma, south-east of Moscow, on Saturday night for talking too loudly outside the gunman’s house, Russian police confirmed.

An argument over the noise took place before the occupant opened fire with a hunting rifle, The four men and a woman died of their injuries on the spot.

The area is currently on lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

PALESTINE: Israeli settlers and occupation forces blocked Palestinian farmers from accessing land south-east of the West Bank town of Bethlehem yesterday.

Tuqu village mayor Tayseer Abu Mfarreh reported an operation by a large Israeli military unit and warned of escalating attacks, including the destruction of olive trees and vines.


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