April 8, 2002

Passage of food, medicines and goods via the passages and terminals to and from the Gaza Strip
(Communicated by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Spokesman)

Goods and produce continue to enter and exit via the passages and terminals to and from the Gaza Strip. In the last few days, coordination took place to allow the passage of trucks carrying food, medicines and produce. In addition, flowers, fruits and vegetables were exported to Israel from Gaza.

Despite the complicated security status prevailing in the area, a large amount of fruits and vegetables entered the Gaza Strip, including 34 tons of avocados, 96 tons of onions, 100 tons of loquats, 10 tons of apples and 0.5 tons of watermelons. Also imported to Gaza were 30 containers of wheat, 20 containers of flour and three containers of sugar. Humanitarian assistance also continues, including passage of medicines, textiles and malt.

Export from Gaza continues as well, including 1,100,000 flowers, 150 tons of citrus fruit and 17 trucks of vegetables.

Goods and produce continue to enter via the passages and terminals in recognition of the importance of the day-to-day subsistence, and in recognition of the importance of economic cooperation and well being, of the Palestinian population not involved in terrorist activities.