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The blockade of Gaza is entering its tenth year. For the past five years the Rafah Border Crossing to Egypt has been closed more than it has been open. In 2015 it was closed for over 300 days.
The thousands of Gaza Palestinians who want to travel to Egypt are required to regularly update their travel request applications at the travel department in the Abu Khadra Palestinian Ministries Complex in Gaza City.
Kitam Ali, a twenty five year old Palestinian woman, updated her application at the Abu Khadra Complex, then went to buy a Palestinian style ‘kufiya’, the traditional Middle Eastern headdress, as gift for Beiram, her Tunisian fiancée.
Khitam lives in the Nusirat Refugees Camp in the center of the Gaza Strip.
Two years ago she was introduced to Beiram, a young man in Tunisia, through Facebook. The two never met face to face but they fell in love after conversations Facebook and Skype. They decided to get engaged from a distance and have their wedding ceremony once Khitam could travel to Tunis. Now considered officially married, Khitam is doing her best to join Beiram and hold the wedding party but she has been unable to leave Gaza because of the blockade and border closing that was imposed on Gaza nine years ago. In the past she would ask Beiram to prepare for the wedding after getting promises from Gaza authorities to allow her to travel. The promises have not been fulfilled but Khitam has vowed to keep trying to unite with her fiancée in Tunis.
Her mother says the long delay is a problem for Khitam as she lives in a conservative society that does not accept a long period of engagement.
Suhair Sheikh Khalil, a thirty six year old mother from Egypt, is staying temporarily in her brother’s house in a refugee camp in Gaza City. She keeps in touch with two of her children in Egypt through Skype. Because they do not understand the difficult situation for their mother in Gaza, they complain about her excuses about being away from them for so long. Suhair and a seven year old daughter Nada have been trapped in Gaza for almost one year. Suhair keeps repacking their luggage in hopes of being able to return to Egypt the next day.
After traveling from Egypt to attend her nephew’s wedding at the United Nations Gaza Beach Refugee Camp, mother and daughter became trapped when the Rafah Crossing was closed following their arrival in April, 2015.
Suhair is a Palestinian with Egyptian nationality and married to an Egyptian citizen. Two of her three children stayed with their father in Egypt when their mother and sister traveled to Gaza. Suhair’s husband divorced her when she did not return to her home in Egypt on time. She says her husband is not convinced of her dilemma in Gaza since news media outlets in Egypt do not report on the closings of the Rafah Border Crossing.
Raw footage of ANTIFA, PEGIDA, ProNRW, Hogesa hooligans, and other groups protesting and counter protesting one another, following sexual assaults, rapes, and muggings over New Years Eve in the city center and in the Cologne Central Station on January 9th, 2016.
Hundreds of members of Antifa counter-protesting a ProNRW and Pegida protest at the Cologne Central Station on 6 January 2016.
April 21, 2015
Dozens of Yemenis and foreigners are seen in this video, filmed at a seaport in Aden, preparing to travel in small boats to Djibouti or Somalia. According to local sources, around 400 people are fleeing through the port of Aden every day. Most of them travel illegally to east Africa.
The trip to Somalia costs 50 US dollars per person and takes about 16 hours, while it costs 90 dollars per person to reach Djibouti, in a trip that takes about 12 hours by sea.
Various of boats near the dock
Various of Aden port entrance
Various of passengers and militiamen inside the seaport
Wide of travellers waiting in seaport parking lot
Traveling of boat carrying passengers
Various of people embarking on boat hoisting Yemeni and Djiboutian flags
Interview with Yemeni man fleeing to Djibouti
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Yemeni Fleeing Aden
“In the name of God, I am one of the people who have been affected by this war – the aggression by Houthi and his aides, who have bombed our homes. We are unarmed people and now we are homeless. We have become refugees in our homeland.”
“We were forced to flee to Djibouti. We do not want to leave our country, but we do not have homes any more. We are suffering a lot because of the invasion by [Abdul Malik] Houthi, who does not fear God. He has no mercy for women or children. As you can see, many people are fleeing. Their homes have been destroyed. Children have become homeless.”
Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil survived an attack on his convoy by a group of armed men late Sunday evening, in an incident that led to one death.
A vehicle intervened in the prime minister's convoy and when the security guards tried to push it away, one of its passengers opened fire on the security vehicle.
While running away, the vehicle hit a policeman and a citizen but the police managed to bust the vehicle and arrest the five attackers after a pursuit.
Taha Hassan, a street vendor who was passing near the site of the incident, was hit by the vehicle during the incident, and transferred to 6 October Hospital in Dokki where he died.
The interior ministry statement revealed that the armed men were on their way for a fight with some people in another area.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian cabinet said that the armed attack was not politically motivated but this was a criminal incident.
The prosecution decided to detain the defendants for four days pending investigations.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 5, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 6, 2013
Video Size: 169 MB
- Various shots of the defendants at the security office after being arrested
- Various shots of the armaments used in the incident
- Various shots of security official while investigating with the defendants
- Various shots of the vehicle which attacked the PM convoy
The 2 day general strike called by 11 trade unions began Wednesday and has had an effect in several estates of the nation.
Commuters in the city faced hardships as a section of auto-rickshaws and taxis remained off the road in support of the two-day nationwide strike.
Office-goers suffered the most as most auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers either refused or overcharged. Passengers at major railway stations and bus stands remained stranded or had to shell out more cash to reach their destinations.
Five major auto-rickshaw and taxi unions have announced that they will join the strike to demand a hike in auto and taxi fares.
Although Metro services were not affected by the strike, bus services were partially hit by the strike as a number of bus unions, including a section of Delhi Transport Corporation employees, have also extended support to the strike.
Long queues were seen at Metro stations and bus stands as they remained the only viable option for people to commute.
Normal banking operations were hit as employees of public sector banks went on a two-day strike in response to a call given by central trade unions to press for wage hike in the backdrop of rising inflation.
Apprehending disruption in their normal banking operations, many banks had already informed their customers about the proposed strike. The bank strike is part of a general strike call given by 11 central trade unions including Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India United Trade Union Centre.
Harish Arora (Byte in Hindi)
“Protester besieged many place. There is no Auto rickshaw. We have traveled in metro. There is lots of crowd. It was very pain full.” Metro Passenger (Byte in Hindi)
“Everybody is suffering to inflation in India” Coolie Union Member (Byte in Hindi)
“We are from Maharashtra and now going Janter Mater for the Protest. We have some demand. we want keep our demand front of government.”
Anshu Auto Rickshaw Driver (Byte in Hindi)
“We have done Auto rickshaw Strike. Our demand is no being fulfill ”
News Agency : News Point TV
Shooting Location : Delhi, (India)
Publishing Time: 22nd February, 2013
Video Size : 1.45 MB
Language : Hindi
Footage of London's Charring Cross station in 2012.
Crowds wait to board a passenger ferry leaving from Benghazi, Libya, to the besieged eastern Libyan city of Misrata, 23 May 2011. Despite the large numbers of people attempting to return to Misrata, at the time forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi continue to surround the city with the only open entry point via sea routes from Benghazi and Cyprus. GEORGE HENTON.