Since the beginning of the second Intifada in september 2000, the Israeli army has tried to increase her grip on the Gaza Strip. Because of the Israeli closure politics, import and export are minimal. Many people have lost their job. Palestinians are not allowed to move freely between Israel and Gaza. Also within the Gaza-Strip movement is controlled by military checkpoints.
Israeli bulldozers clear the area along the border between Gaza and Egypt and around settlements in Gaza. For security reasons, according to the Israeli army spokesman. They destroy houses that are too close to the border. The bulldozers mostly come in the middle of the night without warning, leaving little time for the (civilian) people to flee.
While the bulldozers flatten the houses, Israeli snipers and tanks guard the area. Often Palestinians get shot when they get too close. Fathers of the families near the border stay up in the street until 4:30 AM every night, in case the tanks appear in their street and they quickly have to evacuate their wife and children.