Apples from Golan Heights begin arriving in Syria

Truckloads of apples produced by Arab farmers in the Golan Heights began arriving in Syria on Sunday as part of a government drive to help the farmers to market their main crop. Three trucks with Swiss license plates and carrying Red Cross flags brought the apples across the border, and the crop was then transferred to Syrian trucks for a two-houre drive to Damascus, 67 kilometers (42 miles) to the north, witnesses in the city of Quneitra on the Syrian side of the border said. The deal was worked through the International Committee of the Red Cross and carried out under the supervision of UN Disengagement Observers Forces, which polices the cease-fire line between Syria and Israel. Red Cross media officer and legal advisor Rana Madfei told The Associated Press by telephone that the trucks crossed into Syria "easily and without any incident."