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Israeli forces arrest 2 Palestinians in West Bank

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Ramallah, Dec 22 Israeli forces on Sunday arrested two Palestinians during their pre-dawn military raids in West Bank, Palestinian sources said.

The two men were arrested from Beit Ummar town near Hebron city, south of the West Bank, after Israeli forces stormed the town and searched homes of residents, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), which is a quasi-governmental body that provides legal aid to Palestinian prisoners, said that Mwafaq Arouq, a 77-year-old prisoner, who was diagnosed with cancer in July last year, was rushed to hospital after a serious deterioration on Sunday morning.

Arouq is a Palestinian resident of Israel. He is serving a 30-year sentence and has been imprisoned since 2003.

The PPS accused Israel of stalling time before providing the inmate with proper medical care, holding the Israeli prison authorities responsible for his life.

PPS Spokesperson Amani Sarahneh told Xinhua that 67 Palestinian prisoners have died while in Israel’s custody since 1967, and five of whom died in 2019.

At least 200 other prisoners are suffering serious or chronic diseases, added Sarahneh, warning that they are not receiving proper medical treatment.

Official Palestinian statistics say there are over 5,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails, including around 40 women.

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US sends 2 million doses of unproven COVID-19 drug to Brazil: White House

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We share our support for racial equality: Sundar Pichai

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San Francisco, May 31 : Google and YouTube on Sunday put a black ribbon on its home page in the US, showing solidarity for protests against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody.

“We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it,” the message read on the Google home page.

The same message was also placed on the US home page of Google-owned YouTube.

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted: “Today on US Google & YouTube homepages we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery & others who don’t have a voice.

“For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone,” Pichai added.

Last week, a policeman choked an African-American man Floyd, to death by kneeling on his neck in Minneapolis.

Several states in the US erupted in protests after the video went viral.

The riots stretching from New York on the east coast to Los Angeles on the west rocked the nation that was just beginning to relax the Covid-19 restrictions threatening to spread the disease.

The force of the protests that have turned violent comes from the ongoing brutality against minorities by police with two other recent cases adding to the fury behind the killing of Floyd.

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US patient receives $840,000 bill for COVID-19 treatment

“It’s scary. I don’t care how much you have covered. It’s scary to see that kind of number and not really know.”

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Washington, May 31 : A high school teacher from the US state of Colorado was shocked to receive a medical bill of $840,000 for his treatment for COVID-19, local media reported.

The bill received by Robert Dennis, a Centennial High School teacher, covered Dennis’ time at Denver’s Sky Ridge hospital, where he was put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit for two weeks, reports Xinhua news agency.

However, what was not included was Dennis’ three weeks at Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, or his wife’s trips to the emergency room when she was also fighting the virus.

The couple estimated that their total bills would top $1.5 million.

The couple had insurance and they planned to call to make sure that they were covered.

“Seeing that number yesterday for the first bill, it took your breath away again,” the wife said.

“It’s scary. I don’t care how much you have covered. It’s scary to see that kind of number and not really know.”

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