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Gaza’s forgotten misery: Trapped between Israel and Egypt

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admin27 ديسمبر 201938 مشاهدةآخر تحديث : منذ 9 أشهر
Gaza’s forgotten misery: Trapped between Israel and Egypt

The world's largest open-air prison will not open soon to release its prisoners to the outside world.    The decade-long Israeli blockade has subjected Gaza's two million residents to an unprecedented level of suffering.    Gaza, under siege since 2006, finds difficulty after difficulty thrown at it, offering no sense of stability to the Palestinians living there. Electricity outage, polluted water, unemployment among youth and graduates, poverty and salary cuts are some of the many problems the coastal enclave faced recently.    A new suffering that is almost unmentioned in the news is the Rafah crossing closure. Rafah is the only port between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Due to the sea and air closures, and the travel ban imposed by Israel on Palestinians, the Rafah crossing has become the main lifeline for Gazans to the outside world.   On November 15, 2005, just after Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, Israel and the Palestinian National Authority implemented the Agreement on Movement and Access (AMA) that aimed to improve freedom of movement and economic activity within the Palestinian territories, and to open the Rafah crossing.   Since the agreement, there were approximately 40,000 travelers a month. This number dropped dramatically to 10,000 when Hamas captured the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.    After Hamas seized power in the Strip from the PA in 2007, the crossing was closed for the majority of the time, opening for limited humanitarian cases and certain criteria. The criteria included students, patients, dual citizenship Palestinians and individuals who have foreign residency status or foreign visas.   Palestinians in the Strip dug underground tunnels to smuggle goods and to help some cross the Egyptian border between 2007 and 2013.   While the crossing was operational between 2011 and 2013, with thousands of Palestinians travelling through it every month, violence in the second half of 2013 and through 2014 led to the Egyptian government blaming attacks on militants with alleged connections to Gaza, and closing the crossing completely.   In 2014 the crossing was opened only 156 days. In 2015, 21 days. In 2016, 44 days.   At the time of writing this article, four months into 2017, the Rafah crossing has only been open 11 days.    The last time Egypt opened the crossing was at the start of March, when only a few hundred could leave the Strip towards Egypt and towards Cairo International Airport. Hundreds were also allowed entry into the Gaza Strip.   Thousands of lives are affected, and as tension continues in the political sphere between Palestinian parties on one hand, Palestinians and Israelis on the other and as Sinai’s internal violence continues to implode, no one knows when this problem will end.

   

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