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Besieged Gazans are the world’s forgotten people

Tensions between Gaza and Israel are mounting once again. There have been Israeli air strikes and Islamic Jihad rockets, and Israel recently claimed that it had intercepted a Gaza-bound missiles shipment, though the claim seemed rather implausible.

It also said it had uncovered what it described as the “most advanced” tunnel into Israel from Gaza which could have been used to mount attacks. On the other side of Gaza’s hermetically sealed boundaries, Egypt claimed to have destroyed a mind-boggling 1,370 smuggling tunnels.

Egyptian Military Demolishes 10 tunnels on Gaza Border

The Egyptian army has demolished ten more tunnels under the border with the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade for the past 79 months.

The tunnels were destroyed on Saturday as a part of the military-appointed government’s campaign of tightening the noose around the Palestinians living in Gaza.

The Egyptian army has destroyed hundreds of tunnels since it ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in a coup in July last year.

The tunnels are the only lifeline for Gazans living under the Israeli siege. Palestinians use the tunnels to bring essential supplies, such as foodstuff, cooking gas, medicines, petrol, and livestock, into the Gaza Strip.

Egypt blows up more Gaza tunnels, triggers crisis

Smoke rises following an explosion at a smuggling tunnel dug beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 31, 2013.

Smoke rises following an explosion at a smuggling tunnel dug beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 31, 2013. This picture shows the border between Egypt (falling on the left) and the Palestinian territories (falling on the right), September 3, 2013.

Smoke rises following an explosion at a smuggling tunnel dug beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 31, 2013.
Egypt military has blown up more tunnels on the Egyptian side of the border with the besieged Gaza Strip, security sources say.

Egypt army plans buffer zone along Gaza border

Published Sunday 01/09/2013 (updated) 02/09/2013 17:47
CAIRO (Ma'an) — Egypt plans to impose a 500-meter buffer zone along its border with the Gaza Strip, a senior Egyptian military official said Sunday.


Egyptian residents living in Saladin, al-Barahmeh, Canada, Brazil, al-Sarsouriya and other neighborhoods close to the Gaza border have received eviction notices. 

Homeowners who received eviction orders demonstrated against the decision and burned tires in protest. 

Army bulldozers have also uprooted trees in the border area. 

Egyptian army forces destroy tunnels between Egypt and Gaza

Egypt-destroy-gaza-tunnels22 August 2013


As a part of the operation to raze all tunnels, the Egyptian army forces destroyed five tunnels and a house near the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening.


Palestinian residents in Rafah reported hearing massive sounds of explosions that shook the ground and said they saw plumes of smoke.


Meanwhile, residents in the Egyptian Rafah said that the army destroyed five tunnels and a house owned by an Egyptian citizen, Khalil Ayyad.


The tunnels between Gaza and Egypt are used to smuggle essential commodities into the besieged Strip, including fuel used for Gaza's sole electricity plant and construction materials that are currently banned but much needed after two Israeli wars that destroyed thousands of Palestinians houses and public facilities.

Yes, Gaza is still under siege

By Ali Abunimah

31 May 2013

Reposted from One Democratic State Group


At Rafah, Israeli-built walls still stand between Egypt and Palestinians in Gaza.

We stood on the wooden planks of a large, circular platform, big enough to park two cars…..

Gaza minister: Egypt tunnel crackdown will fail

Published 20-02-2013
A Palestinian works inside a smuggling tunnel flooded by Egyptian
forces, beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah, in southern Gaza,
Feb. 19. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) — Egypt's crackdown on smuggling tunnels to the Gaza Strip will not succeed unless alternatives to importing produce are provided, an official in Gaza's Hamas-run government said Wednesday. 

Several days ago, Egyptian forces began flooding smuggling tunnels under the Gaza border in a campaign to shut them down. The tunnels have provided a lifeline to Palestinians since Israel intensified its blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

Lack of trade affects education in Gaza

Under Israeli blockade of Gaza, books are a rare, cherished commodity

Israel does not explicitly ban importing books to Gaza, but the blockade makes it extraordinarily difficult to do so. The shortage amounts to a kind of censorship, Gazans say.

By Ruqaya Izzidien, Contributor / July 24, 2012



The Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip has been blamed for a multitude of problems facing the population there: malnutrition, unemployment, limited access to electricity and potable water.

Gazan students and educators say that under the Israeli-imposed siege, education is suffering too. The blockade makes it so difficult to bring in books that they are forced to resort to bootlegging and smuggling, they say. The limited supply of original books has driven up costs, making them difficult for most Gazans to afford.