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Cement prices fall as military takes control of Sinai

By Islam Serour Falling cement prices are attributable to decreased demand and the destruction of smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Rafah, Ahmed Al-Zeiny, the head of the Construction Materials Department at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce, told the Daily News Egypt. These two reasons, according to Al-Zeiny, have contributed greatly to the drop in cement …

Daily News Egypt

Rafah attack forces posponement of food expo

By Enaam Eladawy A planned food industries expo has been postponed indefinitely in the wake of the recent attack near Rafah which saw the border crossing to Gaza closed for an indeterminate time. The Cairo Chamber of Commerce (CCC)’s Board of Directors decided to postpone the expo which was scheduled to take place in Gaza …

Daily News Egypt

Ending the Legacy of Hatred

Egyptians reacted with shock and grief to the news of an armed attack on an Egyptian border post in North Sinai earlier this week. The fact that the attack occurred just as the victims—more than 16 Egyptian border guards—were breaking their Ramadan fast made the deadly incident all the more tragic. Speaking to reporters after …

Shahira Amin

Palestinian Authority blames Gaza for deficit mess

By Jihan Abdalla / Reuters RAMALLAH: Paying for the upkeep of the Gaza Strip while its political rival actively blocks revenues flowing back is taking its toll on the deficit-racked Palestinian Authority. The Western-backed PA, many of whose top leaders belong to the mainstream Fatah movement, says it has poured around $7 billion into the …


A country of walls: An interview with Talal Okal

After 13 attempts to blow up pipelines supplying fuel to Israel and to Jordan from Egypt, a worsening security situation in Sinai, Gaza-based political commentator Talal Okal explains that it’s become difficult to maintain control over the area. In an exclusive interview with Bitterlemons International, Okal relays how this has affected residents of the Gaza …


EU urges Gaza’s Hamas rulers to end executions

By AFP JERUSALEM: EU officials in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Wednesday condemned Gaza’s Hamas rulers for executing three prisoners and urged the Islamist movement to give up the practice of capital punishment. The Hamas-run interior ministry on Saturday said three prisoners had been executed, one of whom was convicted of “collaborating” with Israel and two …


Fuel arrives in Gaza under new deal

By AFP GAZA CITY: Fuel began arriving in Gaza on Wednesday as per a new deal between the territory’s Hamas government and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, an official said. “Tanks of fuel holding 45,000 liters each entered through the Kerem Shalom crossing this morning,” Raed Futuh, the coordinator on the Palestinian side …


In Gaza, power cuts and rumors hamper reconciliation

By Selim Saheb Ettaba / AFP GAZA CITY: A smart white villa with a red roof sits uninhabited but under close guard in Gaza City, awaiting the return of its owner, Fatah head and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Members of the Hamas government’s security services surround the building, which fell into their hands when long-running tensions …