Saturday, February 09, 2008

Spate of motorcycle deaths in Gaza after border wall breach

Date: 09 / 02 / 2008

Gaza – Ma'an – After the death of eight people in mototcycle accidents in the Gaza Strip, the de facto government launched a campaign on Saturday to control unlicensed riders.

The campaign will include all the provinces of the Gaza Strip. Bikers will be subject to random checks on their identity papers and driving permits. The Gaza police said they would take tough action against people riding motorcycles without the proper documents.

Abdel Salam Haniya, a traffic police officer in the allied police, said that eight people have died and more than 70 others have been injured since the toppling of the Egypt-Gaza border wall.

Hundreds of motorcycles were reportedly brought in from Egypt by Palestinian teenagers after the border breach in January. Most of the motorcycles are still unregistered and the drivers untrained and unlicensed. (Ma'an)


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