Long queues of vehicles are lining the streets in front of gas stations up and down the Gaza Strip in the latest gasoline crisis to have hit the Sector as a result of an increasing security crackdown over the underground tunnel system with Egypt.
Cheese factory owner, Abu-Haroun, who recently imported a shipment of raw material through the tunnels, said he has faced several difficulties in receiving the materials. He also said that he might be obliged to suspend production if other raw materials do not arrive in the next two days.
Egypt is expected to go through a period of uncertainty at the end of this month as a result of political unrest in Egypt and the planned deposition of president elect, Mohammad Morsi.
Palestinians are cautiously following the situation in Egypt. Life in Gaza is largely dependent on Egyptian goods, especially petrol, food and medicines. Petrol is badly needed in Gaza, not only for vehicles, but also for electricity generators in hospitals.
Egyptian media, as well as Palestinian news agency Maan, reported that 30 members of al-Qaeda entered Egypt through the tunnels. The Palestinian government in Gaza has denied the news and stressed that there are no al-Qaeda members in Gaza.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad