Things are not going well for the egyptians living there.
Hammad and many other residents of Egyptian towns along the Gaza border
are increasingly disgruntled, not only with the Gazans and their Hamas rulers but with their own government. They are warning that chaos is brewing and demanding the crisis be resolved quickly.
On the Egyptian side of Rafah, a town that the border had divided,
many gas stations have run out of fuel and grocery stores are short on
Hammad, 26, said he restocked his store twice this week but ran out of items to sell Tuesday.
"They are buying everything," he said of the Palestinians. "God
forbid, they will also buy the air and we will not be able to breathe."
Gazans spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past week,
cleaning out the stores in Egyptian Rafah and the nearby town of El-Arish.
They scooped up just about anything they could get their hands on —
diesel fuel, cement, cigarettes, washing powder, electrical appliances,
car batteries, medicines and even exotic birds for pets.
The Egyptians were eager at first to make a buck from the Palestinians but now they want the crisis wrapped up.
Some Egyptians complained the Palestinians drove prices up sharply
and bought their goods, at times turning around and reselling them down
the street at much higher prices.
Others even claimed they had been robbed.
Standing in the middle of a Rafah street in mud-covered sandals,
wood collector Khamis Abou-Fares complained to anyone who would listen.
"After blinking for a second, I could no longer see my pile of
wood," he said. The Palestinians "destroyed our town and now they are
stealing from us. Is this the way to return a favor?"
Nooreldin el-Goneus, 25, said some Palestinians offered to buy the
sheep he was selling to get cash for his upcoming wedding. But he
declined because their offer wasn't good enough. Half an hour later,
his flock was gone from outside his home and he says his brother saw
some Palestinians load his sheep onto their truck.
"We took you (Palestinians) in and gave you everything we had, and now you are slapping us with those thefts," he lamented.
I will start a campaign to send humanitarian relief to our Sinai brothers under siege between Hamas and the Egyptian government. Support the Brave Sinai people in their hour of need against the palestinian occupation.