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West Bank: Food trucks fill the void of dine-in restaurants

10:51 PM Sep 28, 2020 | Associated Press

The coronavirus crisis has hit West Bank restaurants hard. But one part of the dining sector is bucking the trend: food trucks.

With dine-in restaurants mostly closed due to health restrictions, food trucks have allowed entrepreneurial businessmen to find a way to keep working. It's a rare bright spot in a territory where unemployment is well over 20 per cent.

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Issa Haj Yasin, an engineering student, opened his first food truck before the coronavirus crisis to provide himself an income to cover his university tuition and living expenses.

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The business stopped in the first months of the crisis, but reopened as the pandemic worsened. Now business has more than doubled.

The truck parked by the curb on a central street in the West Bank city of Ramallah as workers grilled hot dogs and customers waited for their orders.

Mohammed Shkukani is another entrepreneur who runs a coffee van in Ramallah. He said the mobile van was his first business. He likes having the flexibility of being able to move.

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