Palestinians risk death to flee Gaza

Palestinians paying people-smugglers thousands of dollars to escape blockaded region, but many never reach destinations.

    Dozens of Palestinians are reported to have drowned as they flee a Gaza shattered by three Israeli wars in six years.

    Palestinians report that relatives have paid thousands of dollars to people-smugglers to leave via tunnels into Egypt and then boats to Europe.

    But many never hear from their relatives again, and at least 60 Palestinians are believed to have died while crossing the Mediterranean in the last few weeks.

    Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from Gaza.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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