Crisis in Egypt leaves more Gazans stranded

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As the political turmoil continues in Egypt, the number of people crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt continues to decline.

Now less than a hundred people are allowed to leave the tiny coastal enclave through the Rafah crossing compared to nearly 1500 people prior to the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi.

Egyptian authorities also allow a maximum of two busloads of travelers to reach the Gaza Strip on a daily basis.

The situation is negatively affecting the people of Gaza especially students and patients.

There are hundreds of chronic patients in Gaza in need for urgent medical attention abroad due to lack of the necessary treatment in Gaza.

In mid-July Egypt temporarily reopened the Rafah crossing but thousands are still stranded in both sides of the Rafah crossing as the number of people allowed to leave Gaza has been declining day in and day out.

People were also dissatisfied by the treatment they receive at the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing.

With the Holy month of Ramadan drawing to an end the number of people who would want to travel is likely to increase.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip say there is no end in sight to their suffering amid the escalating political tensions in Egypt. Rafah crossing is the besieged Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world bypassing Israel.

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Egypt’s renewed crackdown on border tunnels making life difficult for Gazans


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Egypt’s renewed crackdown on tunnels on its border with Gaza is causing a severe shortage in gasoline in the coastal enclave. People in the Gaza strip are now going through a lot of difficulty to secure fuel for their motor vehicles.

Most gas stations in this tiny coastal enclave are either closed or partially operating. Motorists can be seen waiting many hours for their turn to reach the pump and fill their cars

Long hours of power outages have also forced people young and old to queue for long hours to fill canisters of gasoline to use in their small electrical generators.

Fuel importers blamed the lack of fuel on the unstable security situation on the Egyptian side of the border.

People in the Gaza Strip have been grappling with fuel and power shortages and this new situation is not making their lives any easier.

Tunnels have for long been considered as a life -line for Gazans who have been under a choking Israeli blockade for several years.

With the renewed restrictions on fuel supplies some Palestinians in Gaza say they feel abandoned by their Egyptian neighbors.

Gazans have been struggling under the Israeli blockade for several years, now people here say that the Egyptian crackdown on tunnels will only make things worse.

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Israel use banned weapons against Gazans


Reports by human rights organizations show that during the past years Israeli forces used drones, internationally banned weapons and other unknown substances during their attacks on the people of Gaza.

Banned weapons such as DIME which stand for Dense Inert Metal Explosives were first used against Gaza by Israeli forces in the summer of 2006.

DIME munitions result in a high proportion of amputations particularly legs.

Press TV spoke to a Gazan victim who now uses prosthetic limbs to walk.

A recent documentary film called the LAB by British Israeli director Yotam Feldman explores how Israeli weapons, military technology and know-how became more valuable because they have been field-tested in its wars and combat against Gaza.

During the last few years Israeli security exports reached an unprecedented level of seven billion U.S dollars a year making Tel-Aviv the fourth biggest military exporter in the world.

Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights who has been documenting Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip for many years said Israel’s use of experimental and non-conventional weapons in the Gaza Strip is a premeditated war crime.

People here say they left at the mercy of Israeli practices as the international community watches in apathy.

According to experts the whole Gaza population and its environment, will suffer for many generations due to Israel’s testing of weapons in this tiny coastal enclave.

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UN envoy accuses Israel of imposing collective punishment on Gazans

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The United Nations has accused Israel of imposing collective punishment on over 1.7 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

U-N human rights investigator Richard Falk says the viability of Gaza needs urgent attention and cannot be left to the mercies of continuing Israeli occupation. 

Tel-Aviv has kept the tiny coastal enclave under a choking naval, land and air blockade for several years allegedly for security reasons. 

The Palestinian NGO network, which represents over one hundred and thirty civil society organizations, has demanded that Israel be held accountable for its grave violations. 

Echoing the U-N human Rights statement, the Popular Committee against Siege has also accused Israel of causing unemployment among Gazans by preventing the entry of raw materials to factories in Gaza. 

The commercial crossing that is controlled by Israel allows only limited amounts of goods into the coastal territory. 

During various Israeli military aggressions on Gaza, hundreds of factories were either partially or fully destroyed resulting in thousands of workers losing their source of income. 

Some factories in Gaza are partially operating by using raw material brought in via underground tunnels with Egypt. 

Factories that once used to employ hundreds of workers are now able to hire just a handful due to lack of raw material and essential spare-parts for their machines. 

With the world turning a blind eye to Israeli human rights violations it remains to be seen if the blockade will be fully lifted anytime soon

Amid Israel’s crippling blockade of the coastal enclave, rights groups blame the international community for their silence on the ongoing suffering of the people in Gaza. 

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Palestinians accuse Israel of trying to poison Gazan patients


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The ministry of health in Gaza has accused Tel-Aviv of trying to poison Gazan patients.

Officials said Israel, the sole provider for nitrous oxide gas used for anesthesia in the Gaza Strip’s operating rooms, has provided them with carbon dioxide gas posing as nitrous oxide. Four patients suffered cardiac arrest after inhaling carbon dioxide.

Nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen is given to patients to ease the pain and induce sleep prior to surgeries. According to experts replacing nitrous oxide with carbon dioxide causes cardiac arrest and could lead to death.

According to human rights organizations hundreds of Gazans have died in past years as a direct result to the choking Israeli blockade.Al Dameer Human Rights Association called for an international investigation to probe what it described as a new Israeli crime.

Health officials said that they have suspended the use of nitrous oxide for the time being.

With the ongoing Israeli blockade and Tel-Aviv’s inhumane practices, patients in the Gaza Strip say their health situation will only get worse.

Israel preparing to wage new war on Gaza?

The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine says Israel is getting ready to wage another war on Gaza. The Group also said that its military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, has been carrying out military drills to prepare its fighters for such scenario.

In November 2012, Tel-Aviv launched the so-called Operation Pillar of Defense against the blockaded Gaza Strip to allegedly stop rocket fire. The eight-day onslaught killed over 170 Palestinians, including women and children.

A previous Israeli war at the turn of 2009 killed at least 1400 Gazans. Israeli forces continued to attack the people of Gaza on almost a daily basis despite the Egyptian mediated ceasefire which ended the eight-day war. Now Gazans say they expect the worst as the world keeps turning a blind eye to Israeli aggressions.

Israel used similar warmongering rhetoric before its last two attacks on Gaza. Analysts say Israeli forces are issuing threats as scare tactics against Palestinians to stop them from resisting Israeli aggressions.

Although the last Israeli onslaughts have faded from the headlines, their destruction continues to bear witness to the horrors the people of Gaza have endured. Many here have been bracing themselves for another war, as Tel-Aviv continues to make threats against the blockaded coastal enclave.

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