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Israel ships Golan Heights apples to Syria

Israel has begun shipping Golan Heights-grown apples to Syria. Tuesday's transfer was worked out by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

world Updated: Feb 18, 2009 11:56 IST

Israel has begun shipping Golan Heights-grown apples to Syria.

Tuesday's transfer was worked out by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The idea is to allow Arab farmers in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights to market their main crop to Syria. It's the fourth year in a row that shipments of Golan apples have reached Syria. Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. Most Golan Arab residents have Syrian passports. More than 20 truckloads are scheduled to cross each day in the coming weeks, with about 8,000 tons of fruit. It will be carried out under the supervision of a UN force that polices the cease-fire line between Syria and Israel.

The Kuneitra crossing is usually limited to UN personnel.