As of yesterday, apples grown by Israeli civilians in the Golan Heights are being exported to Syria via the “Quneitra” crossing, in accordance with the directives of the Israeli government and at the request of the International Red Cross (IRC).
30 trucks, carrying 12,000 tons of apples will cross into Syria every day over the coming weeks. 2011 marks the sixth consecutive year in which Israel-grown apples are exported to Syria.
The “Quneitra” crossing, normally used for the crossing of United Nations personnel, will be temporarily used for the export during the next several weeks. IRC representatives in Israel and Damascus will coordinate the export of the produce, in cooperation with and under supervision of UN officials and the IDF. The IDF is responsible for escorting and securing the crossing of trucks alongside the Syrian border.
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