We’ll post what we can while we prepare the fatted bird, but couldn’t resist this one.
Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing Wednesday to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to Gaza but the frontier will remain closed to traffic going the other way, Palestinian and Egyptian border officials said.
One of Gaza’s vital gateways to the outside world, the Rafah crossing was shut on Oct. 25 after Islamist militants in Egypt’s adjacent Sinai region killed 33 members of the security forces in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist president Mohamad Mursi was toppled in July 2013.
The month-long closure marooned around 6,000 Palestinians in Egypt or third countries, while around a thousand people in Gaza are desperate to get out for medical treatment in Egypt, officials in Islamist-ruled Gaza say.
Rafah is the only major border crossing into the impoverished Gaza Strip, a narrow, densely populated enclave on the Mediterranean coast, that does not go through Israel, which blockades the territory.
Twenty-eight trucks of cement entered the battered Gaza Strip Tuesday in only the second delivery of building materials for the private sector since a 50-day summer war, an official said.
Raed Fatouh, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of the entry of goods through the Kerem Shalom crossing, said 28 trucks, each carrying 40 tons of cement, had crossed into the enclave.
It was the first delivery of building materials for the private sector since Oct. 14, when 75 trucks entered Gaza, carrying 1,300 tons of material – 15 trucks of cement, 10 of metal and 50 of gravel.
“This is the biggest delivery of cement since the war ended,” Fatouh told AFP, referring to the seven-week conflict between Israel and Hamas which ended with a truce on Aug. 26.
“But it is not enough, it is only a tiny amount for the reconstruction.”
You wouldn’t need any of it if you didn’t go around starting wars, dip[bleep]. You’re lucky not to starve.