The Ring Of Criminals Dedicated To Smuggling KFC Meals

“Nobody does chicken like KFC.” —KFC advertising slogan

In A Nutshell

With no franchise restaurants allowed in Gaza, sometimes the residents get an appetite for something they can’t easily get. Kentucky Fried Chicken tops the list of things these Palestinians have a hunger for, and ambitious smugglers made a business out of delivering KFC through the thousands of underground tunnels that formerly existed between Egypt and Gaza.

The Whole Bushel

Since the Hamas seized power of Gaza in 2007 and its borders were closed to Egypt and Israel, the Palestinians living within the territory have had a difficult time getting even seemingly ordinary items from the outside world. Naturally, people tend to want what they can’t have, which has led to some elaborate and rather unusual smuggling operations going into Gaza. Up until 2014, there were over 1,000 underground tunnels below the Gaza border, which smugglers used to deliver everything from guns to Belgian chocolate. However, one of the most surprising black-market items was battered and fried with 11 herbs and spices. Of course, we’re talking about Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Delivering the KFC was much more involved than simply buying the food in Egypt, walking through a tunnel, and giving it to a chicken-craving Palestinian. No, this “fast food” operation took four hours or more and without a doubt led to some less-than-crispy chicken and soggy French fries. Still, the KFC was in high demand and a few entrepreneurial Gazans were there to meet the need—one even advertised his smuggling business on Facebook.

Getting the chicken was a multi-step process. The customer would first need to contact a food delivery service and place his KFC order. The owner of the service would then make an international call to El Arish, Egypt to someone who could pick up the Egyptian KFC. After getting payment through wire transfer, the Egyptian would put the bucket of food on a taxi and send it to the smuggling tunnels. The KFC was then carried nearly a kilometer (0.5 mi) through the tunnel before reaching the other side and getting on yet another taxi, which would take the chicken to the food delivery service. The food service owner would give the chicken to one of his many delivery guys who would motorbike it to the original customer. This lengthy chicken transport came at a price, as the customers would end up paying twice the normal amount for their food.

Unfortunately for KFC-loving Palestinians, early in 2014, Egypt destroyed 1,370 smuggling tunnels that ran between its borders and Gaza. The action was meant to reinforce the Egyptian government’s opposition to the Hamas leadership and to put a stop to militant groups bringing arms and money into Gaza. Undoubtedly, this has slowed down KFC smuggling, but, when it comes to satisfying a hankering for fried chicken, where there’s a will there’s a way.

Show Me The Proof

NY Times: Delivering KFC by Tunnel, Not Too Fast but Satisfying
The Times of Israel: Egypt destroys 1,370 Gaza smuggling tunnels

  • Hillyard

    KFC? It takes all kinds I guess.

    • gillybean

      Beats McDonalds, hands down! I frikkin LURRRRRVE that fully-loaded box-meal! Mmmmmmm . . . . Chicken!

      • Peter

        Maccies is way better and cheaper!

        • gillybean

          No way, dude! Don’t you have the KFC snack box where you live? It’s only £1.99!

  • Michael Aldrin Cortez

    Great Article . KFC Chicken is yummy 🙂 and their gravy too . They have unlimited gravy promo here in my Country .

  • Joseph Wilson

    Every time I eat KFC, I get food poisoning. It’s sad, too, because it is tasty.

  • Koki

    South Park!

  • inconspicuous detective

    each day i end up more disappointed in humanity than before.

    • Robert Downey

      There are daily example of the good side of humanity, just the don’t get the coverage because the don’t get the viewers/readers/clicks of the bad. The best way to improve humanity is to get out there and be the good you want to see.

    • Guest

      You’re young. Get used to it.

  • John R. Buckley

    I ate at KFC recently, the place has seriously gone down hill in quality. I decided to never eat there again, I don’t miss it one bit. Yes, the mashed potatoes and gravy were delicious, but, I’ve found making your own is actually far better.

  • Exiled Phoenix

    I prefer popeyes chicken personally… but I can see why those poor bastards are hating life.

  • Disqus-ted

    Once upon a time, Kentucky fried chicken was a once in a while treat that was looked forward to. These days it has become overpriced inconsistent garbage that isn’t worth a wooden nickle. Just another example of the ruination brought on by the ever expanding corporate stranglehold of our nation and the world.

  • tchase98

    Ya’ll need some Bojangles in your life. The best corporate fried chicken place. There’s better mom and pop places out there but for fast food fried chicken you can’t beat Bojangles. Great biscuits too.

  • Omar Mehiaoui