Gaza exports to increase

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Reports on Radio Israel said the coming week of crossings operations would see some 15 tons of agricultural exports leave the Strip, as Israeli officials told Palestinian liaison officers in Gaza that only one crossing would operate on Thursday.

Since 2007, some 800 trucks of strawberries and carnations grown in Gaza have been exported from the coastal enclave. They have constituted the only export from the blockaded region, and have been transported because the goods are part of a Dutch government program to support Gaza farmers.

On Thursday, eight loads of strawberries and carnations from the project were set for export, liaison official Raed Fattouh said.

The goods left through the only open crossing terminal between Israel and the Gaza Strip, located in the southern end of the region east of Rafah.