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Palestinians in Gaza have coped with shortages of just about everything in more than a decade of border closures, from chocolate to medicines to fuel and building supplies.In response, Israel has halted tire imports to the strip, sending prices skyrocketing and forcing Gaza motorists to find creative solutions to keep their vehicles on the road.In the attic of a small workshop in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, Abdulla al-Radie invented a rubbery filling for old motor scooter tires that he says extend their lifespan.He recently changed the name of his shop to "Airless Tires Workshop" and began selling tires he claims cannot be punctured.Fadi Diab, who owns a tire store and repair workshop, said he paid about $20,000 to store nine containers of tires stranded at an Israeli port.Some businessmen managed to bring in three shipments of tires from Egypt in October, Diab said.Hamad, the taxi driver, said he would change his tires only when prices come down.
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