Annual Export of Israeli-Grown Apples into Syria Begins


apples-israelBeginning yesterday, apples grown by Israeli civilians in the Golan Heights are being exported into Syria, in accordance with the directives of the Israeli government and the request of the International Red Cross. Apples will continue to pass into Syria for the duration of several weeks.

The apples will be transferred via the Quneitra crossing, normally used for the passage of United Nations personnel.

Representatives of the Red Cross in Syria will coordinate the export, in cooperation with UN officials and under IDF supervision. The IDF is responsible for escorting and securing the crossing of trucks along the Syrian border.

Over 30 trucks, carrying approximately 10,000 tons of apples are expected to cross into Syria every day over the course of the next few weeks. 2010 marks the fifth consecutive year in which Israeli-grown apples are transferred into Syria.

{Yair Israel}