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Palestinians manufacturing masks for Israel

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 27, 2020
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, a Palestinian sewing company is producing surgical masks and other protective gear instead of clothing, reports The Times of Israel.
UniPal 2000
Sewing masks   UniPal 2000 factory in the Karni Industrial Zone in Gaza City
UniPal 2000 factory in the Karni Industrial Zone in Gaza City is a merger of four sewing factories with a capital of $1.2 million and 200 workers.

Topics: Palestinians Israel

Chairman Nabil Bawwab said the company made the transition at the beginning of March and has been producing thousands of masks and protective suits daily.

He said he has already signed contracts with Israeli business partners to provide 1 million masks and 50,000 protective suits by the end of April. In addition, the company was also in talks with local and international medical organisations in Gaza to sell them products too.

The 59-year-old chairman said his company was selling masks to Israel for NIS 5 ($1.4) each and every protective suit for NIS 12 ($3.35).

“We never stopped making clothing, even during all the difficult times,” said Bawab. “But when the virus came, we decided to do something to provide people with protection.”

“We need more space because we are making sure our workers are not close to each other,” he said. “We hope to be making 25,000 masks every day by the end of the month.”