05/18/2013, 00.00
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Kentucky fried chicken, fast food without the 'fast', takes four hours to reach Gaza

A distribution company supplying Gaza with meals from the American multinational uses the underground tunnels. A business born by chance that, in spite being triple the original cost, is extremely popular among the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. A customer: "It is also delicious cold."

Gaza City (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Al-Yamama is the distribution company that allows Palestinians from Gaza to eat Kentucky fried chicken. To do this, the company uses the tunnel, controlled by Hamas and condemned by Israel, which the Egyptian court had ordered demolished in February.

Just a phone call and four hours' notice for Colonel Sanders' Chicken to be bought in the Egyptian town of El-Arish, transported across the border tunnel and delivered to address in the Strip. "It's delicious even cold," says Abou Fares, 22, of Gaza, while munching on the famous chicken wings, fried by the American multinational.

"It all came about by chance - says Mohammed al-Madani, manager of the company - some of our employees contacted a friend in El-Arish to try to order a meal from KFC, they saw that the operation did not require more than three hours and from there came the idea of ​​making it a business. " The timings are always impeccable: Hamas may want to check the delivery or the taxi driver may be delayed in the Sinai, but in general, the operation does not require more than four hours.

The underground tunnels that connect the Egyptian region of Sinai to the Gaza Strip, have been the main thoroughfare of supplies to Gaza since the embargo imposed by Israel in 2007. Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip for six years, has control of the underground connection, thanks to which weapons used against Israel often arrive in Palestine. The government in Tel-Aviv and the military in Cairo have tried on several occasions to stop the supplies, but all kinds of goods, from food to weapons, continue to filter through the Egypt-Palestine border.

Palestine's first Kentucky fried chicken opened last year in the center of Ramallah. The Al-Yamama, charges three times the original price and makes at least ten runs a week and, according to the company, the requests are on the rise. A statement, published in the early hours of Friday, May 17 on the company's Facebook page, informs our customers that "orders from 'Kentucky' were been suspended for unknown reasons. Al-Yamama thanks its customers."

 

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