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September 5, 2016 9:49 am

Palestinians Seeking to Leave Gaza Pay Egyptian Officials Up to $10,000 in Bribes

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The Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. Photo: Wikipedia.

Egyptian officers are asking for bribes of up to $10,000 from Palestinians in Gaza desperate to leave the besieged coastal enclave, according to Gaza brokers who coordinate the bribe payments, former Palestinian border officials and travelers.

Typically, an adult in Gaza must pay a bribe of $3,000 to get permission from Egypt to cross the border, two Palestinian brokers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Al Jazeera. The brokers said that they took a 20 percent cut of the bribe, sending 80 percent to the Egyptian soldier or officer who coordinated it.

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