The humanitarian situation is getting worse in the Gaza Strip in the present time due to the ongoing political unrest in Egypt. Over the past few years of the continuous Israeli blockade on Gaza, Palestinians have been mostly dependent on getting their survival material of food, gasoline, etc from Egypt, that comes through the underground tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. It is known among Palestinians in Gaza, that the products and materials imported from Egypt is much cheaper than the products exported from Israel. As a consequence, Gazans rely on the Egyptian imported products and fuel. Due to the current unstable political situation in Egypt, both the civilian border of Rafah is not functioning and also the human-made tunnels are working in less that normal capacity.
Since the Egyptian and regional news agencies have started to report on mass demonstration happening in Egypt, the daily social life in Gaza is negatively affected where people are increasingly getting worried on securing their daily needs. Taxi drivers are constantly talking about the shortage of Egyptian fuel to run their taxis and transport people to manage their daily business. Some of them started to replace the Egyptian taxi fuel with double high the price Israeli one in order to maintain the same momentum of work. The price of gasoline and some food items are increasing, The holy month of Ramadan is approaching so the rate of consumption is increasing. In a short discussion I had this morning with a taxi driver, he said that people were searching for one kg of sugar. As a badly repeated occurrence in Gaza, certain commercial and wholesalers have a monopoly on these products in order to double or triple their profits. Consequently, ordinary people in Gaza cannot afford this.
The political situation in Egypt is badly affecting the humanitarian situation in Gaza. It has been reported that the Egyptian army is deploying forces across Gaza’s borders with green light from Israel. This has caused the shutting down of the capacity of tunnels in importing the basic needs for Palestinians. Besides, Israel does not regularly open the commercial borders, which forces Gaza to keep eyes on the Egyptian border.
Gazans are closely following-up on and observing the dramatic situation in Egypt, in their cars, work places, social media platforms, coffee houses, everywhere. The discussion you hear in Gaza nowadays is mainly about the Egyptian political development. The major concerns are mainly about securing daily basic needs and how this political scenario in Egypt will affect life in Gaza?
The typical question is often raised; Egypt has different crossing points and naval borders. Why are none of these borderscurrently affected by theunstable political situation in Egypt? Do Palestinians have to pay the price of the unrest situation in Egypt? Why is the political situation in Egypt connected to the humanitarian situation in Gaza?