JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says Gaza furniture makers have exported goods to neighboring Jordan, the first non agricultural exports since Hamas militants seized the territory.
The military said Monday that two truckloads of furniture left Gaza for Jordan.
Spokesman Maj. Guy Inbar said seven truckloads of furniture were supposed to leave for Europe last year, but Gaza militants burned down the warehouse.
Israel limited Gaza imports and exports as part of a blockade intended to stop Hamas from rearming after the militants seized Gaza in 2007. Critics say it hurts ordinary people in Gaza.
Israel relaxed its limitations on Gaza exports last year.
Ali al-Haeek of the Palestinian business association said the furniture will be displayed at a convention in Amman, Jordan.
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