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Foreign firms snub Israel in construction of wall surrounding Gaza

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo taken from the city of Beit Hanun, northern Gaza Strip, shows the Israeli border terminal of Erez, May 9, 2016. (AFP)

Foreign companies have rejected a request by the Israeli regime to take part in the construction of a wall surrounding the already besieged Gaza Strip, a report says.

Al-Aqsa TV said Wednesday that the companies refused to contribute to the construction of the concrete barrier.

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said Israel’s construction companies have asked for help from foreign firms in the building of the wall. The first stage of the construction will begin in October.

The plan is to build a wall several meters underground with a length of about 10 kilometers (over six miles). The barrier also includes an above-ground section.

Palestinian children play among abandoned vehicles in the city of Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, April 26, 2016. (AFP)

The Israeli regime denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education. The Palestinians in Gaza, therefore, use underground tunnels to bring in the basic needs.

Israel and Egypt’s military have been engaged in a campaign to destroy the tunnels.

A report by the World Food Program (WFP) in February 2014 said the tunnels represented the “main supply and commercial trade route for goods into Gaza.”

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