GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — For the first time since 2007, fish caught by Palestinian fishermen in Gaza was allowed to enter the West Bank on Monday, an official said.
The PA director of crossings and borders told Ma’an that a truck carrying 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) of fish was allowed to exit Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing to be sold in the West Bank.
Israeli authorities had said two weeks earlier that agricultural goods and fish would be allowed to be transferred to the West Bank.
On Thursday, a truck of cucumbers grown in the Gaza Strip was allowed by Israeli authorities to pass through the Kerem Shalon headed for Hebron, Gaza’s first agricultural exports in seven years.
Israel agreed to ease the siege on Gaza in the ceasefire agreement that concluded a massive military offensive on Gaza over summer, which left nearly 2,200 Palestinians dead.
Before the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza following the Palestinian division in 2007, Gaza exported fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and products to the West Bank.
However, after Hamas won democratic elections in 2006, Israel imposed an economic blockade, which was severely tightened after clashes broke out between Hamas and Fatah and Hamas took full control in Gaza.
The siege has caused severe and recurrent humanitarian crises in the tiny coastal enclave.