Israel to allow Gaza 'limited' export of farm produce
A man walks alongside girls beneath a Palestinian flags on an alley at the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Lebanon's capital Beirut, on May 21, 2021. From marching in rallies to posting live updates on social media, Palestinian refugee Mira Krayem has barely slept since conflict gripped her ancestral homeland earlier this month. But the 24-year-old university student, who lives in Lebanon, said she felt solidarity messages for the Palestinian cause from across the world have made her and fellow activists feel reenergized after years of crushing defeat.
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Israel to allow Gaza 'limited' export of farm produce

(Agence France-Presse) - June 21, 2021 - 8:23am

JERUSALEM — Israel said Sunday it will allow the "limited export" of farm produce from Gaza, one month after a ceasefire with the enclave's Hamas rulers to end an 11-day conflict.

The crowded Mediterranean territory, home to around two million Palestinians, has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007.

Extra restrictions since intense violence last month has meant Gaza's farmers have been unable to export goods as usual, creating a glut of produce such as tomatoes and strawberries, causing prices to tumble.

"Limited export of agricultural produce from the Gaza Strip" will begin Monday, said COGAT in a statement, the Israeli military body that administers civilian affairs in Palestinian territories.

It added that "this civilian measure, which was approved by the political echelon, is conditional upon the preservation of security stability".

Goods will be allowed out of the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

The fragile ceasefire that ended 11-days of air strikes by Israel and rockets fired from Gaza came into place on May 21.

The conflict killed 260 Palestinians including some fighters, according to Gaza authorities.

In Israel, 13 people were killed, including a soldier, by rockets fired from Gaza, the police and army said.

In recent days, ceasefire violations have included Palestinian militants setting off incendiary ballons to spark fires in farm land -- and Israel responding with two rounds of air strikes.

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