The coup in Egypt is having a serious effect on the country’s relationship with neighbouring Gaza. The enclave, controlled by Hamas and sandwiched between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea, has relied heavily on being able to cross the border into Egypt by land and water, however that has become more difficult in recent weeks.
The Palestinian government in Gaza has warned of humanitarian disaster if the Rafah border crossing only opens on a very limited basis.
“The sea is only open for six miles. We don’t have enough fuel. How will the fishermen be able to fish? Now the amount of fish we have is not a lot, and the prices are very high,” said one Gaza fishmonger.
Hamas has remained largely silent on the border restrictions, however the price of cement, gravel and fuel are rising rapidly as shortages become a serious issue for the 1.7 million residents of Gaza.
The tunnels used by many residents to enter and leave as well as bring much needed goods into the enclave have also been shut as a result of the unrest in Egypt.
The future looks bleak for Hamas controlled Gaza because of the group’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood and toppled Egytian president Mohammed Morsi.