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A Palestinian man cuts wood using a chainsaw in a traditional charcoal production site in the town of Jabaliya, Northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. One of the few remaining woodcutters in the Palestinian territory, Abdelal, who learned woodcutting from his father, is struggling to scratch out a living in a traditional job that is less and less in demand.
Job opportunities are rare in this Palestinian enclave wedged between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea, and so are green spaces. At the the height of the second Palestinian uprising in the early s, its military bulldozers leveled large swaths of citrus groves in the border areas. Israel says the restrictions are needed to prevent Hamas from upgrading its weapons. As a result, residents are put on a rotating electricity schedule of eight-hours on, followed by an eight-hour blackout.
Here, woodcutters like Abdelal find an opportunity. The unreliability of the power supply drives up the demand for wood in winter. So Abdelal and other Gaza woodcutters look to expand their clientele from the traditional buyers of logs, residents of rural areas who bake bread on woodfire ovens and tribal councils who keep the Arabic coffee pots warm near a woodfire.
In these pits, the wood is burnt to coal before chicken, lamb shoulders and shanks are tossed in and left to cook for hours. The cooking technique is getting popular. The olive and citrus wood logs also go to a burning site in east Gaza City where they are turned into charcoal. Abu Ashraf al-Hattab, who has been a charcoal burner for decades, says the business has declined in recent years because the local supplies of wood have shrunk and people have turned to cheaper, imported charcoal.
So, he buys the logs and shapes them into wood sculptures. Abdelal says that as long as he can find customers, he will continue.
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Jan 18, 2021 · GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – With a chainsaw in his car, Ahmed Abdelal tours the Gaza Strip, asking around for people wanting to cut down trees, regrow orchards or make way for construction. One of the few remaining woodcutters in the Palestinian territory, Abdelal, who learned woodcutting from his father, is struggling to scratch out a living …
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Jan 18, 2021 · JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip early on Monday in response to two rockets fired from the Palestinian territory, the military said.In a statement, the military said fighter jets hit Hamas military targets, including sites for digging underground tunnels, some of which stretch into Israel. There were no immediate reports of injuries