18 December 2001

Israel recognizes the importance of agricultural products to the Palestinian economy
(Communicated by the Gaza DCO Spokesman)

Over the past number of days, despite the closure around Gaza due to the security situation, the Gaza DCO reports that the Karni crossing has been open to the passage of Palestinian agricultural products for export to Israel and Europe.

Israel recognizes the importance of agricultural products to the Palestinian economy, and is allowing these activities as part of the policy of differentiating between terrorist sources and the general population.

Since the season began three weeks ago, the following amounts have been exported via the Karni crossing:

Flowers:
To Israel – 500,000
To Europe – 3,500,000

Strawberries:
To Israel – 30 tons
To Europe – 100 tons

Understanding the sensitivities of these products to time and storage, Karni crossing has been open during the Eid al Fitr holiday in order to facilitate the movement of the produce. This action has been taken in coordination with the Gaza DCO, the Palestinians and the IDF in the field.

It is our intention to continue allowing the export of agricultural products in the coming days.  

 Israel recognizes the importance of agricultural products to the Palestinian economy-18-Dec-2001
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