Israel says Gaza farmers must remove crowns from tomatoes if they want to export them | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Israel says Gaza farmers must remove crowns from tomatoes if they want to export them

Israeli authorities have placed a new restriction on Palestinian tomato farmers in the besieged Gaza Strip, one which will lead to their shipments of the fruit to markets in the occupied West Bank and Arab countries rotting more quickly.

Palestine’s Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday that Israel had asked the farmers to remove the crown of the tomato - namely the sepal and pedicel of each tomato that grows from the flower and keep the fruit attached to the stem - before they will allow trucks carrying the fruit to pass through the Karm Abu Salem crossing.

There was no immediate explanation from Israeli authorities as to why they had asked for the removal.

Israel has imposed a land, air and sea blockade against the Gaza Strip since 2007, controlling the movement of lorries passing to Israel and the West Bank through al-Mintar, Awdeh and Karm Abu Salem, three crossings administered by the Israeli army and dedicated to commerce.

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