Gaza temporarily lifts eight-year ban on Israeli watermelon
The Gaza Strip will bring in over 1,000 tons of Israeli watermelons in three days! (Shutterstock)
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The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip Tuesday allowed watermelon imports from Israel into the besieged enclave following an eight-year Palestinian-imposed ban, according to the general director of marketing and crossings at the ministry.
Tahsin al-Saqqa told Ma’an the watermelons entered via the Kerem Shalom crossing between Gaza and Israel and were allowed passage following a shortage of planted areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, leading to a price increase in the local market.
The ministry decided to allow the entrance of watermelon for three days in order to lower the prices in Gaza’s local market, al-Saqqa said.
He added that some 1,000 tons of watermelons would be expected to cross into the Palestinian enclave over the coming three days.
The recent imports of Israeli watermelons come after seven years of self-sufficiently producing watermelon in the small Palestinian territory. However, the land cultivated for watermelon production fell from 4,500 dunums (1,112 acres) last year to 3,500 (865 acres) this year.