Israel buys first fruit and vegetables from Gaza in eight yearsStaff writer ▼ | March 16, 2015
Israel imported its first fruit and vegetables from the Gaza Strip in almost eight years. Israel said its purchases from the Gaza Strip were meant to help the Palestinian economy and make up for a shortfall in Israeli produce.
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Israel had already begun to allow vegetables from Gaza as well as Palestinian merchants to transit across Israel to the West Bank, and to allow Gaza’s farmers to bring tractors in via Israel.
“We hope this will be a new start that will benefit both farmer and economy,” said Tahseen Al-Saqqa, marketing and crossing director in the Gaza ministry of agriculture.
Israel says its blockade is intended to restrict goods that could be used in weapons production and underground tunnels. But the embargo has added to hardship in the dilapidated, arid territory, where more than half the population receive United Nations food aid. ■