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The main settlement products exported to Europe are grapes, citrus fruits, herbs and wine, as well as Ahava cosmetics, plastic garden chairs made by Keter, and SodaStream carbonated drink products.


Bahraini prince to visit Gaza on Thursday

GAZA CITY — A Bahraini prince on Thursday will make a rare trip to the Gaza Strip to open two U.N. Relief and Works Agency schools, sources close to the agency and to Gaza’s Hamas government said.

“Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa will come on Thursday to open two schools in Gaza City which have been funded by the Bahrain Royal Charity Organization,” a source close to UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, said Tuesday.

The visit was confirmed by Hamas sources who said the Bahraini prince, who is chairman of the Royal Charity Organization, also would meet with Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.

Mr. Haniya visited Bahrain earlier this year as part of a regional tour that also took him to Qatar, Kuwait and Iran.

The prince’s trip to Gaza comes a week after a top-level visit by Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in what was the first visit by a head of state since Hamas seized the territory in 2007, ousting forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

From wire dispatches and staff reports