Three more tunnel workers killed today in Gaza

Another three Palestinians were killed today in an Israeli strike on tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border. The young tunnel workers are paid little to risk their lives and dig tunnels that serve as a lifeline to supply Gaza’s population of 1.5 million with food, medicines, gasoline, and other essential items long denied to them by the inhumane Israeli siege. The below picture is one that I took of tunnel workers in Gaza in February 2009, weeks after Israel’s assault on Gaza that killed more than 1,500 people.

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Four dead in Gaza tunnel collapse

From Yahoo News:

GAZA CITY (AFP) – Four Palestinians were killed on Sunday when a tunnel used for smuggling between the Gaza Strip and Egypt collapsed on top of them, medics said.
The victims were between the ages of 17 and 25, they said. The tunnels were thought to have collapsed after torrential downpours that hit the region over the last several days.

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image: matthew cassel

Along the border with Egypt, there are hundreds of young men working in the tunnel trade. With the Israeli siege few jobs are available to people in Gaza and many are forced into jobs such as crawling underground to bring goods into the territory. Among the tunnel workers I spoke to, there is also a general feel that it’s not only a low-paid job for most, but it’s also a form of resistance against the siege that denies the most basic goods into Gaza.

Palestinian batman

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A boy in the Brazil neighborhood of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip swings from a downed electrical cable hanging from a partially destroyed home. The Brazil neighborhood is right along the border with Egypt where Palestinians have made hundreds of tunnels to bring basic goods into Gaza, and also where Israel has been continuously bombing for more than one month.

Tunnels

This young man is a tunnel worker who is paid about $20/day (12+ hrs of work) digging tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border to bring in goods to his people under siege in the Gaza Strip.

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