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People stuck at homes because no taxis in the streets

February 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm


After the closure of the tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, which were used to smuggle food, medicines and fuel, crises emerged in all sides of life in the Gaza Strip.

Transportation is among the most heavily affected sectors as thousands of taxis and private cars have run out of fuel and stopped moving.

Gaza residents stand in long queues to wait for taxis to move from place to place: from home to work, school, university, hospital and market.

The Palestinian Ministry of Transportation said that about 30,000 taxis and 20,000 private cars stopped moving because of the severe shortages of fuel.

The sole electricity plant in the Gaza Strip announced several days ago that it might completely stop working within days if the crisis continues. It increased working hours two weeks ago.

The Transportation Ministry called upon Egyptians to allow fuel passing to Gaza and called for the international community to put pressure on Israel to left the siege that has been imposed on the Gaza strip since 2006.

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