The high price to escape Gaza: Palestinians paying up to $10,000 in bribes

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By Staff.. Al Jazeera surmises that the desperation Gazans have to leave the peninsula is evidence of the dismal conditions in Gaza. Palestinians are paying up to $10,000 in bribes to Egyptian border officials to escape the Strip, Gazan bribe brokers told Al Jazeera on Monday (September 5, 2016). [Photo top right:A Gaza woman waits at Rafah for a travel permit to cross into Egypt, June 14.. (photo credit:IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)] According to the report, the typical bribe for a Gazan adult is $3,000, with 20 percent going to the brokers and 80% to the Egyptian soldier coordinating the passage. In the case of individuals who’ve found their way onto Egypt’s black list of “security threats” who are forbidden entry to the country, the illegal crossing pay-off rises to $10,000. Egyptian guards accept cash, “iPhones or even gold.” Read the full story here.



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