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Shortages force Gaza residents to return to basic living

Nov. 25, 2008 10:36 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 25, 2008 10:36 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Gaza Strip residents have been reduced to primitive ways of living in order to cope with the basic necessity shortages they have been experiencing since the Israeli siege began in June 2007.

Gazans waiting in long lines for hours to buy bread at the bakery have become a familiar scene. The same goes for residents waiting at the store to purchase candles or pharmacy to attain headache pills used to cope with the loud roar of the electric generators.

To deal with the lack of kerosene, Gazans are adding white salt to diesel smuggled in from Egypt through underground tunnels, in order to light old kerosene lamps.

Falafel restaurants are only able to operate once a day (either in the morning or at night) in order avoid wasting gas.

The residential towers in the Gaza Strip witness daily fights between guards and residents over the elevator's inability to operate with electricity interruptions and cuts. Older residents living on higher floors are most frustrated because they are unable to walk up the stairs.
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