Golan apples shipped to Syria

This year's first shipment of apples grown in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights has entered Syria via the town of Kuneitra, crossing the armistice line, a Syrian official said on Wednesday.

"International Committee of the Red Cross trucks delivered the first shipments of Syrian apples (grown) by our relatives in the Golan," said Medhat Saleh, who runs the Syrian cabinet's Golan bureau.

Some 18,000 apples from this year's harvest will be "transported gradually" by the ICRC, in coordination with the UN Disengagement Observer Force, at a rate of some 150 to 200 tonnes a day, Saleh told AFP.

Apple production is a key source of income for Syrian farmers in the Golan, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in 1981 in a move never recognised by the international community.