In a sign that Israeli/Palestinian negotiations may be starting to blossom flower growers in Gaza have been temporarily allowed to export their goods.
After close inspection some 25,000 blooms were allowed through a checkpoint, en route for the Netherlands and the St Valentine’s Day rush.
Israeli imposed its blockade on Gaza after Hamas seized power in 2007. In the aftermath of the recent conflict Egypt is negotiating a longer term truce.
It is not clear if today’s development is linked to the talks or if similar moves are planned. But it does bring a little respite to Gaza, parts of which were devastated in Israel’s campaign to stop Hamas rocket attacks.
Underlying the fragility of the ceasefire Israel launched an airstrike overnight on southern Gaza. It says it was in response to recent Hamas rocket strikes.
Israel relaxes Gaza blockade for flower exports