Palestinian farmers eye opening

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Palestinian farmers eye opening

Palestinian growers in Gaza may soon be able to export their strawberries and flowers to Europe once again through Israel

Palestinian farmers eye opening
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From Sunday, Palestinian farmers based in the Gaza Strip could be able to ship flowers and strawberries to Europe via Israel, according to Palestinian officials.

Chinese site Xinhua News reported that exports could be allowed to pass through a commercial crossing between the Hamas-controlled territory and Israel.

This would be only the second time that Gazan producers have been allowed to export their produce overseas since Israel's total blockade on Gaza in June 2007.

The Netherlands would be the first port of call, according to farmers' representative Mahmoud Khalil, who added that the Dutch embassy in Israel had intervened to allow the export.

In total, 800 tonnes of strawberries and 300m roses could be exported during the season if Israel were to keep the crossing open.

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