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Palestinian Ambassador to Damascus Mahmoud Al-Khalidi Dies due to COVID-19

Sat 17 Apr 2021 | 10:27 AM
Omnia Ahmed

Palestinian Ambassador to Damascus Mahmoud Al-Khalidi died due to complications from the coronavirus pandemic, Palestinian embassy in Damascus, Syria, announced on Saturday.

“Al-Khalidi passed away in Jaffa Hospital in Damascus,” the embassy said. “The burial will take place in the  martyrs' cemetery in the Yarmouk camp."

On his part, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas mourned Al-Khalidi's death, declaring one-day state mourning.

The ambassador was one of the founders of the “Fatah” movement. He began his political career in 1969.

About 1774 new coronavirus infections, 19 deaths and 2276 recoveries were registered in Palestine during the past 24 hours, Minister of Health Mai Alkaila reported on Friday.

Of the total infections registered, 590 were in the West Bank, 1138 others in the Gaza Strip, and 46 in occupied Jerusalem, according to WAFA news agency.