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Tuk Tuks replace mules on Gaza streets
Published Sunday 12/09/2010 (updated) 15/09/2010 15:54
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- During Gaza's Spring, the three-wheeled vehicles began making an appearance on the streets of Khan Younis and Gaza City, but by Eid, they had taken over from the donkey cart, becoming ubiquitous.

Residents say the Tuk Tuk, popular in Southeast Asia and parts of East Africa, is faster than a donkey, cheaper than a donkey, makes less waste, and is requires less maintenance.

Gaza's Ministry of Transport and Communications first allowed Tuk Tuks on the road for farmers transporting tools and produce, but its use quickly became apparent in the narrow city streets, as well as in Gaza's refugee camps.

Every one of Gaza's Tuk Tuks was smuggled into the coastal enclave via tunnels underneath the Egyptian borders, as Israel continues a ban on most vehicles, with a limited number being allowed into the Strip for UN and medical use in June, after three years of a blanket prohibition.

With a cart that can carry six and the engine of a motorcycle, the Tuk Tuk earns drivers more than what a taxi would, but its uses quickly proliferated beyond the transportation of fruits, vegetables and families.

"I use the Tuk Tuk for my work. In the morning I load the things I have for sale into the cart, and drive it around the markets all day. I really like the vehicle, it makes my life easier," Muhammad, a house cleaning supplies sales man from Gaza City said.

At 1,200-1,800 a pop for a new vehicle, and less if one is cobbled together out of spare parts, the Tuk Tuk is easily dismantled and reassembled for tunnel transportation, and fuel efficient as supplies remain scarce.

While some Gaza residents lament the disappearance of the donkey from city streets, others enjoy the small luxury of faster, more inexpensive travel.
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1 ) Noooooo / here and there
12/09/2010 21:26
I'll miss my donkey

2 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
13/09/2010 14:25
Mazel Tov
Gaza has advanced to the 1950's, these types of carts were available in India & the Phillipines 60 years ago

Next step, man powered rickshaws, with humans taking the place of donkeys

3 ) Amira / Canada
14/09/2010 00:53
I wonder how the illegal nazi regime of israel would survive without the 5 billion per year from US taxpayers and all the DONATIONS from other sources

4 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
14/09/2010 11:56
3 ) Amira / Canada

First of all, the money isn't any of your concern, it's American funds, not Canadian
Secondly, the money, is by law, spent in the USA, for defense supplies that are required because of continued Arab acts of war

Since you saw fit to mention Nazi's, you really should Google Haj Amin Husseini and his collaboration with them

5 ) To Ben Jabo / USA, NY
15/09/2010 00:00
Lool....ok you took her comment literarly....if you wish I will spell out what Amira was saying. *Clearing my throat*

-I wonder how the illegal nazi regime of israel would survive if it were under siege (air, ground, and sea) like is the situation in downtown gaza. Please don't tell me they shot themselves in the foot (Hamas)...that is changing the subject.
-Oh and Googling Husseini doesn't make israeli policy any less 'Nazi-like'. Stop changing the subject. Shana Tova mon ami

6 ) Terry / Sweden
15/09/2010 10:15
Just give it up, Ben Jabo. Your comments are completely preposterous. Israel is the biggest receiver of social support from USA in the world. It wouldn't survive for half a year without US support. And spare me that nonsense about threats of Arab acts of war. It was Israel that started all terrorism in the region to begin with and continues to follow this path.

7 ) Farouk / UK
15/09/2010 21:00
>>>"Just give it up, Ben Jabo. Your comments are completely preposterous. Israel is the biggest receiver of social support from USA in the world."<<<

Actually it isn't and hasn't been for a very long time. Iraq is the largest recipient of US aid followed by Afghanistan,Sudan,Egypt,Ethiopia,Pakistan. In fact the US gives more aid collectivity to Islamic countries than is does to Non-Islamic ones. All information gleaned from the OECD website.
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8 ) southparkbear / usa
16/09/2010 00:59
Farouk you spoiled my intention to tell amira that she better use a bigger lie say like 50 bil. anyhow I am happy to see a potential for gaza to catch up with somali in another 100 years

9 ) Terry / Sweden
16/09/2010 01:03
Farouk/UK, or should a call you Zionist propagandist undercover? That is simply not true. 3 Billion dollars to Israel per year. You add all the private donations you arrive at minimally 5 Billion dollars.

10 ) southparkbear / usa
16/09/2010 21:23
by the way not to tell a secret, tuk tuk is mosad code name for touch touch from the sky

11 ) joe sixpack / us
27/06/2011 23:48
thats right canada nothing to see here move right along
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