Tire shortage hits Gaza drivers, not terrorists – Residents of southern Israel continue to breathe tire smoke
After seven months of violent riots along the security border fence with Israel, Gazans have coped with tires shortages.
Tires are a favored item by Hamas-sponsored terrorists during the Friday riots after mosque— they are set on fire and under the guise of smoke and riots, Muslim terrorists attempt to sabotage the fence in order to infiltrate into Israel and murder Jews.
In response, Israel has halted tire imports into Gaza, sending prices skyrocketing and forcing Gaza motorists to find creative solutions to keep their vehicles on the road.
Ironically, the tire ban has had no effect on the Hamas terrorists, who rely on a seemingly endless supply of old ones that are discarded in garages, fields, and roadsides across Gaza.
Taxi driver Khaled Hamad has no spare tire in his trunk. His tires are worn down, but he could only afford to change two, replacing them with secondhand ones that aren’t even the standard size recommended by the manufacturer.
“Even when they were cheaper, upgrading my tires was expensive,” Hamad said as he kicked a bald front tire that still needs to be changed. “I make 40 shekels ($11) a day these days. Business is down.”
Residents of southern Israel have experienced hundreds of fires and are breathing the smoke from burning tires for more than seven months. Many have also reported that they have begun suffering from lung disease and other respiratory ailments.
Tires are one of the most toxic things to burn, and their smoke contains hazardous air pollutants like dioxins and metals including arsenic and mercury. The effects are harmful not only to residents of Israeli towns near the Gaza border but also to Gazans, animals and immediate surrounding of the riots themselves.