Israel resuming some Gaza produce imports halted in 2007

March 5, 2015 2:57 PM

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Israel resuming some Gaza produce imports halted in 2007

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will start buying some fruit and vegetables from the Gaza Strip next week, a partial resumption of imports halted when the Islamist group Hamas took over the Palestinian territory in 2007, Israeli officials said on Thursday.

They said the measure was designed to help a Gaza economy devastated by last year's war with Israel, and to make up for a shortfall in produce from Israeli farmlands left fallow during the current Jewish lunar calendar year in accordance with biblical law.

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