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Monday, September 19, 2011

$50 for Gazans to travel to Egypt via tunnel

Palestine Press Agency reports that due to the onerous restrictions on travel via the Rafah crossing, tunnel operators in Gaza are now competing to offer good rates for Gaza residents to visit Egypt.

The going rate is now bout $50.

Gazans are mostly limited to visiting Rafah and El Arish, because Egyptian security is carefully watching people leaving those areas.

The tunnel operators have even set up an committee to set up an informal visa-type system to ensure that the people crossing have legitimate need to visit the other side, because they don't want terrorists to use the tunnels which would get them shut down.

All of those rumors about Egypt shutting the tunnels down seem to have disappeared.