|A Palestinian farmer picks flowers at a farm in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah on Dec. 16, 2012. Israel allowed to transfer trucks of Gaza flowers and strawberries to the Israeli seaport of Ashdod for exporting to Europe. (Xinhua/Khaled Omar)
GAZA, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Israel on Sunday allowed the export of seven trucks of agricultural products from the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said.
Strawberries, herbs and cherry tomatoes made the second shipment that Israel allowed after the ceasefire of an eight-day battle with Hamas last month.
Hamas, the Islamic movement that controls Gaza, said the advanced phases of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire envisage lifting Israeli curbs on Gaza's export and import.
The produce will go to Europe, mainly the Netherlands, which finances planting projects here, said Ra'ed Fattouh, a Palestinian liaison officer on Kerem Shalom crossing between Gaza and Israel.
Export was strictly banned when Israel imposed a near-total closure on Gaza when Hamas wrested control of the territory in 2007.
Israel lifted the ban on import while gradually allowing export since 2010, following an international outcry against its attack on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla, in which nine Turks were killed.