It squeaks from electric saws in a small carpentry workshop where eucalyptus trees are cut to three meters in length. They will be sold as roofing for temporary houses built by the owners of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Workers with masks to protect against fine sawdust say they have cut dozens of eucalyptus trees that stood in a row along the 15-kilometer-long Salah al-Din road between the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah. These trees, planted by the British mandate authorities in 1934, have disappeared completely in just the last four months as hundreds of local residents repair the roofs of houses destroyed during the Israeli attacks last summer. In the seventh year, green space on the 360-square-kilometer coastal strip disappears after Israel started wars in 2008, 2012 and the summer of 2014. Government spokesmen say there was a systematic destruction of the environment and that people can not be denied the use of things they need to repair their house, although it may further impair the environment.
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