The first shipment of 30 trucks carrying 12,000 tons of apples crossed from Israel into Syria Tuesday. The shipments are part of an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Israeli government collaborative program allowing Israeli-Druse apple growers to export their fruit to Syria.
The apples, grown in the Golan heights, crossed through the Qeneitra crossing, which is normally reserved for use by UN personnel.
ICRC representatives in Israel and Syria were coordinating the export program, in cooperation with and under the supervision of the IDF and UN officials. The IDF escorted and secured the crossing of the trucks adjacent to the Syrian border.
Thirty trucks of apples will cross the border every day in the coming weeks.