Israel approves Gaza's first export: Valentine's Day flowers
For the first time in a year Israel has approved an export from Gaza - about 25,000 flowers to be sent to Europe just in time for Valentine's Day.
Israel has not allowed an export from Gaza since June 2007 but now Israeli military spokesman Maj Peter Lerner has said that Israel will let 25,000 carnations to go through the border as per a request from the Dutch government and farmers in the Gaza Strip.
Mr. Lerner has praised the gesture by the Israelis. However, Mohammed Khalil, who is head of the Gaza flower grower's association has called the move 'nothing'.
Gaza used to export about 40 million flowers a year so this shipment of 25,000 seems insignificant to Mohammed Khalil.
"We had to feed the flowers to the animals because we couldn't export them," he said.
"We are afraid of losing our reputation in Europe and are afraid to plan ahead."
The flowers are to exit Gaza through an Israeli cargo crossing and are scheduled to hit the European market by Valentine's Day on Saturday.
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