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Egypt seizes 20,000 liters of fuel en-route to Gaza
Published Sunday 24/02/2013 (updated) 25/02/2013 19:05
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EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian forces in Rafah seized 20,000 liters of fuel ready to be smuggled into Gaza on Sunday, security officials said.

Egyptian border guards discovered the fuel shipment while monitoring a tunnel smuggling area on the Egyptian side of Rafah, sources said.

In late January, Qatari-donated fuel to Gaza was suspended due to the security situation in Egypt.

Violent clashes between Sinai armed groups and Egyptian forces led to a suspension in deliveries last November, but they resumed earlier in January.

The Qatari fuel is part of 27 million liters donated by the Gulf state to ease Gaza's energy crisis.

Last week, 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.
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1 ) no pay / no gas
24/02/2013 14:38
capitalism

2 ) Mel / Gaza
24/02/2013 16:00
@#1 in Israel's case: "take it all (land, water, gas, houses) without pay!

3 ) Kathy P / USA
24/02/2013 16:33
Such a sad policy... Muslim Brotherhood... Starving their own brothers and sisters... For no real gain... Other than to satisfy isreal...

4 ) USAUSA / USA
24/02/2013 18:12
@3: you are clueless. Egypt is practically on the verge of economic collapse. It has a huge shortage of fuel which is sold at subsidized prices to poor Egyptians. It is being stolen from government warehouses and sold for top dollar in Gaza- Gaza is richer than Egypt - it has cash. Do you really think this is to satisfy Israel? This is to make sure Egypt does not collapse. There are 80 million Egyptians and half live on less than $2 a day. Egypt cannot allow this for Egypt's survival.

5 ) Mel / Gaza
24/02/2013 19:55
@#4. Yes Egypyt's economy is suffering and many Egyptians are very poor. However, Gaza is not richer than Egypt. 80 percent of Gazans live under the poverty line due to the siege. If Egypt would open the border, tunnels wouldn't be needed. Israel is getting a great gas deal from Egypt while the border to Gaza is still pretty much closed and while 'fuel is sold at subsidized prices to poor Egyptians'. Egypt needs to get its priorities straight!

6 ) Mel / USA
24/02/2013 20:56
#5:Mel/Gaza:Egypt does need"its priorities straight"!It's stuck between a(Fascist)rock & an(Islamist)hard place,post decades of UK/French &USG/USSR vying 4 econo-geo-political control over Egypt/Med access.Using despotic,local militarists,or old M/B proxies,who profit from Israel's occupation&ATROCIOUS abuse of ALL Arab citizens,for FACTIONAL POWER!! While USG-proxy Mubarakites own 80% Egypt's economy/military&M/B take their token slice of the cake,Egypt can't WIDEN strong Arab NATIONALISM!

7 ) USAUSA / USA
25/02/2013 02:13
@5: you live in a strange fantasy world. Israel no longer buys Egyptian gas and has not done so for a year, since the pipeline was blown up. Gaza is richer than Egypt. Half of Gaza does not live on $2 a day or less - 40 million Egyptians do. The border is open for normal trade - it is the tunnels that are closed because stolen and subsidized fuel, meant for Egyptians is being diverted in them. Egypt is getting close to not being able to import what it needs for food. Gaza has the UNRWA.

8 ) Mel / Gaza
25/02/2013 10:53
@#7. As I have mentioned before Palestine wouldn't need UNRWA if the stolen land and it's resources were returned! Also, UNRWA serves Israel as much as it serves the Palestinians. Just imagine what would happen if Palestinians wouldn't get the basics like food etc. Israel would get very uncomfortable! Did you not read the facts 80% of Gazan families live under the poverty line. Just do some research. 80% is more than half! Most of the fuel you are talking about is either bought, or donated!...

9 ) Mel / Gaza
25/02/2013 11:01
@#7 The border is NOT open for normal trade. If it is open we wouldn't need tunnels would we? Yes the pipeline was blown up. That's why Israel now steals the gas from the coast of Gaza and digs for gas (a potential theft) in the Golan! I don't live in a 'strange fantasy world'... I live in GAZA! Don't believe the facts, come here and see for yourself... that is if Egypt lets you through the "open border"!

10 ) USAUSA / USA
25/02/2013 16:58
One last time since you seem thick. The poverty line is not $2 a day

11 ) Mel / Gaza
25/02/2013 19:31
Could you please not insult me! The 2 USD poverty line you have given is that recognised by the UN. As you probably know, each country has a different poverty line because a dollar in Egypt gets you further than a dollar in Gaza. The national poverty line in Gaza is around 3 USD because Gaza is really expensive as a result of the siege!
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