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This Palestinian mother is the first female taxi driver in the Gaza Strip

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This Palestinian mother is the first female taxi driver in the Gaza Strip

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What happened: Nayla Abu Jubbah, a Palestinian mother-of-five launched a small revolution this week by becoming the first female taxi driver in the conservative Gaza Strip.

Abu Jubbah does not cruise the streets for fares, taking only advance bookings.

“I leave my home and I will pick up my clients, to bring them for example from the hairdressing salon to a wedding,” she says.

She bought the vehicle with her inheritance when her father died.

“I said to myself one day that I needed to take advantage of the car, to put it to work,” she said. “Hence the project of a taxi service entirely for women, to put them at ease.” Today she is driving through the streets of Gaza City to pick up 27-year-old Aya Saleem for a shopping trip.

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