Rafah’s nicest tunnel: Siege meets surf in Gaza

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The Sea Huts are a coastal resort in Rafah, Palestine, a kilometer from the Egyptian border.

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Despite Israel’s crippling siege of the Gaza Strip, the hotel’s proprietors have engineered a solution to every need for their establishment, with the possible exception of paying customers.

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Because of the difficulty of importing building materials, the detached apartments, as well as the sculptures surrounding them, have been sculpted almost entirely from local clay.

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Many of the sculptures serve practical purposes. This whale, for example, stores an assortment of hookahs and other shisha paraphernalia.

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Another one conceals the entrance to a tunnel, from which much of the clay used in the resort’s construction was extracted.

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The tunnel’s design is conventional, if unusually spacious and well-lit.

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But unlike most in Rafah, it leads to the beach only meters away.

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About Joe Catron

Joe Catron is a US activist in Gaza, Palestine, where he works with Palestinian groups and international solidarity networks, particularly in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and prisoners' movements. He co-edited The Prisoners' Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, an anthology of accounts by detainees freed in the 2011 prisoner exchange, blogs at joecatron.wordpress.com and tweets at @jncatron.

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