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Palestinian customs authority seizes onions, chicken smuggled from Israel

May 8, 2017 3:59 P.M. (Updated: May 8, 2017 3:59 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority's customs agency and agriculture administration seized 20 tons of “smuggled onions” on Monday, according to a statement from the customs agency. 

According to the statement, 20 tons of onions were seized at the eastern entrance of Nablus city in the northern occupied West Bank. The onions, which lacked the proper agricultural permits, were brought in from Israel and were headed to a local vegetable market, then to the vegetables market, after receiving reports from agricultural administration. 

After receiving a tip, customs officers stopped the truck and checked on the shipment and confirmed that the produce was being transferred without a PA-issued agricultural permit.

The shipment of onions was seized and the case was turned over to public prosecution to “complete legal procedures,” the statement said.

The statement added that customs officials had also seized four tons of chicken, smuggled from Israel, in the Bala village east of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank. 

Officials seized the chicken, which also lacked proper permits, after receiving a tip on the shipment.

However, the statement added, Palestinian public prosecution ruled that the chicken could be sold to the public following tests conducted by the Ministry of Health which ensured that the chicken was fit for human consumption.

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