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Israel allows Gaza to export clothes after 5-year ban
Published Monday 14/05/2012 (updated) 20/05/2012 09:50
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A truck carrying 2,000 pieces of mainly woolen garments were exported through
the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing en route to Britain.
(MaanImages/Wissam Nassar, File)
GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- Israel allowed on Monday the export of Palestinian-made clothes from the Gaza Strip for the first time in at least five years, a Palestinian official said.

Raed Fattouh, who coordinates supplies into Gaza, said a truck carrying 2,000 pieces of mainly woolen garments were exported through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing towards an Israeli seaport en route to Britain.

Gaza's Ashour knitwear company, which was rebuilt with UK aid after it closed in 2007, will export the goods to Britain's J.D. Williams clothes outlet, a UK official said.

Home to 1.7 million people, Gaza has been under tight embargo by both Israel and Egypt since Hamas took control of the coastal enclave in 2007.

Under international pressure, Israel eased import curbs in 2010, but for the most part businesses cannot export.

UK Development Minister Alan Duncan said while he welcomed the export project, "it is my hope that we quickly reach a stage where there is no longer a need for such assistance, because sustained exports from Gaza will be the norm."

The rare export came after a British parliamentarian, Lord Andrew Stone, visited the Gaza Strip in June 2011, a statement from the UK Consulate in Jerusalem said.

There was no indication of when the next shipment of clothing would be let out of Gaza and Fattouh said merchants were still awaiting an Israeli agreement to let them begin exporting furniture.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the biggest party in the new Egyptian parliament, has said it aims to open the border with Gaza to commerce.

Former president Hosni Mubarak signed up to Gaza blockade partly because of his own hostility towards Hamas, an ideological cousin of the Brotherhood group that was banned under his rule.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
14/05/2012 22:14
Gaza could export a lot more products that would generate jobs if they'd only stop their export of rockets and mortars.

2 ) Joe Fattal / USA
14/05/2012 22:40
Why Israel has anything to do with Gaza?. They are not under occupation. I know they don't want the Palestinians to smuggle weapons, weapons mean they can defend themselves, and if they can defend themselves they can defend their territory and Israel rather have a defenseless Palestinians. And been militarize that would make the Palestinians independent.

3 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
15/05/2012 02:21
Expand Exports through Egypt at Rafah. Israel cannot have any basis for complaint and it will help the Egyptian economy as exports grow. They can improve roads and even look towards another airport. The agreement that there was once with the Israelis provides for this. And it should not matter who is in government in Egypt as long as relations with Egypt are friendly.

4 ) Mel / USA
15/05/2012 16:29
Jeeeez! Talk about throwing dry breadcrumbs Alan! Hey,but the Nazi's allowed Jews to earn some petty camp cash too,didn't they(as long as it benefited Nazism & kept the RedCross quiet?Messrs Duncan/Stone! Just END the ILLEGAL ISRAELI OCCUPATION & illegal blockade on Gazans,for VOTING DEMOCRATICALLY! End Zionist illegal rule over Palestinian Arab nationals who can then trade freely,fairly,& with SELF-DETERMINATION,w/out the profits going to the PA first,for their "cut of the cloth"!

5 ) FREE I / USA
16/05/2012 19:03
GAZA is nothing but open air prison or NAZI GHETTO!!!

6 ) Maria Malama / Sweden
18/05/2012 18:04
I am so glad for this progress for the Palestinian people. If it will be possible for them, I am sure they can export more products and even in that way get in contact with other people!

I support Palestinians and their freedom!
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