Kerem Shalom 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
In a further reduction in restrictions over the Gaza Strip, Israel will begin
allowing the export of regular goods from Gaza next Sunday for the first time
since Hamas’s violent takeover in 2007.
Earlier this month, the security
cabinet decided to ease additional restrictions over the Gaza Strip and to allow
the export of goods from the Hamas-controlled territory.
The exports will
begin amid a gradual escalation in Palestinian attacks from Gaza.
first export will be of peppers, which will be transferred Sunday to Israel by
five to 10 trucks via the Kerem Shalom Crossing. The containers will then be
inspected before being transferred to Ashdod Port where they will be shipped to
Europe for sale.
In addition to produce, Palestinians will be allowed to
export furniture and textiles.
Israel has over the past two years
maintained its ban on Gaza exports except for a symbolic amount of strawberries
and flowers transferred to the Netherlands per a request by the Dutch
Defense sources said that the Coordinator of Government
Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Maj.-Gen.
Eitan Dangot and Defense
Minister Ehud Barak decided to begin the export process from Gaza after
receiving a personal request from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
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Israel had initially said it would only allow exports from Gaza
after the PA completed its deployment at Kerem Shalom, an issue that is still
being discussed between Dangot and PA Civil Affairs Minister Hussein A-Sheikh.
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