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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.
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.
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.
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…..
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.
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
GAZA CITY, GAZA
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.