Gaza smuggling tunnel 370.
(photo credit: Mohammed Salem / Reuters)
An Egyptian delivery company has been smuggling KFC meals through the
underground tunnels across the Egypt-Gaza border, The Christian Science Monitor
reported on Wednesday.
The Yamama company has advertised its fast food
smuggling service on Facebook.
According to the Monitor, the company gets
tens of orders a week for KFC meals. Their Facebook page is filled with thanks
and recommendations from satisfied Gazan customers, as well as advertisements
for potential smugglers looking for delivery work.
The price of a KFC
family meal is about 80 Egyptian pounds (about $11) at the KFC restaurant in
El-Arish – 35 miles away from the border – but getting it in Gaza costs as much
as NIS 100 ($30), with the company seemingly tripling the price of KFC to cover
transportation and smuggling fees.
The deliveries go from the restaurant
to customers’ doorsteps in about three hours, according to the
Muhammad al-Madani, an accountant at Yamama, said they started
their new business by chance, the Xinhua media outlet reported.
ordered and arranged to bring some meals for us and they arrive after four
hours,” Xinhua quoted him as saying.
They then posted a picture of the
fast food on their company’s website, and soon got more orders from the people
in Gaza, according to the outlet.
Since late last month, they have made
four deliveries of KFC food to Gaza, with every delivery including about two
dozen combo orders, Xinhua said.