What the Palestinian Smuggling Tunnels Are Used For: Delivering Kentuchy Fried Chicken

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Fri, May 17th, 2013 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Costing a whopping $27 for a bucket of 12 pieces, and brought into Gaza from Egypt using smuggling tunnels, buckets of KFC chicken and soggy fries make their way to waiting customers wishing to have a taste of the Western world denied to them.

“It’s our right to enjoy that taste the other people all over the world enjoy,” said the entrepreneur, Khalil Efrangi, 31, who started Yamama a few years ago with a fleet of motorbikes ferrying food from Gaza restaurants, the first such delivery service here.

There are no name-brand fast-food franchises on this 140-square-mile coastal strip of 1.7 million Palestinians, where the entry and exit of goods and people remain restricted and the unemployment rate is about 32 percent. Passage into Egypt through the Rafah crossing is limited to about 800 people a day, with men 16 to 40 years old requiring special clearance. Traveling through the Erez crossing into Israel requires a permit and is generally allowed only for medical patients, businessmen and employees of international organizations.

Palestinians generally refer to Gaza as being under siege or blockade by Israel, and isolation from the world is among the most common complaints of people here. That can create an intense longing for what those outside Gaza see as mundane, or ordinary.

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