5 Palestinians, 2 more Israelis die from swine flu


JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least five Palestinians in the West Bank have died from swine flu as the Israeli death toll from the virus hit 49.

The Palestinian deaths — two in Nablus, and one each in Ramallah, Hebron and Bethlehem — occurred in recent days, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health announced Monday, according to Ma’an, a Palestinian news service.

Some 1,100 Palestinians have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, according to the report.

Two more Israelis died with the H1N1 virus on Monday, raising the total number of Israeli deaths to 49, including six people without other medical conditions, Ha’aretz reported.

Some 45,000 Israelis have received the swine flu vaccination.

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