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Israel starts vaccinating its East Jerusalem residents beyond security barrier

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Israel on Tuesday began vaccinating Palestinians in East Jerusalem who have Israeli residency cards but live beyond the security barrier that runs through the eastern half of the city.

The vaccinations were carried out by Magen David Adom paramedics at the key Qalandiya crossing.

Tens of thousands live beyond the barrier that snakes through the capital, which some health experts have suggested could make it more challenging for them to access the vaccine.

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MDA apparently chose to place the vaccination station by the crossing so as to increase accessibility to the vaccine to those who live beyond the barrier. A MDA medic vaccinates a Palestinian worker in East Jerusalem on February 10, 2021 (Screencapture/Twitter)

The vaccination drive was coordinated with the Health Ministry and the IDF’s Central Command. It will operate on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

East Jerusalem is claimed by Israel, and was annexed in the wake of the 1967 Six Day War, and again declared Israeli in the 1980 Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel. The Israeli declarations are not recognized by the international community. Israel........

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