Thursday, 17 October 2013

Gaza blockade leads to decrease in Eid livestock sales


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Livestock sales in Gaza for the Eid al-Adha holiday decreased significantly this year due to high prices caused by Israel's blockade and a crack down on smuggling tunnels by Egyptian authorities, residents say.

Abu Faris al-Nijar, who sells livestock to be sacrificed every year for Eid al-Adha, told Ma'an that his sales had decreased by at least 40 percent.

The price of imported calves "soared this year," he added, "increasing between 18 and 21 shekels per kilo."

Gaza residents Jihan Ashour and Hamdi Faris told Ma'an that their families could not afford to purchase an animal to sacrifice this year due to the rise in prices.

"Closing the tunnels and the Israeli blockade has led to a problem of prices as our livestock came from Egypt through tunnels," Ashour said.

Living conditions would improve in Gaza if the blockade ended and the Rafah border with Egypt was opened, Ashour added. more

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