Report Says Katif's Greenhouses Broke

An official report of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Palestinian agricultural development corporation warns of "financial catastrophe" regarding the Gush Katif hothouses purchased by the Palestinian Economic Development (PED) Company.

A report that reached Haaretz states that as a result of the closing of the Karni crossing since February 12, the company has incurred $450,000 in damages a day and the cumulative damage has reached $4.4 million.

PED's director general, Bassem Jaber, told Haaretz that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and the coordinator, James Wolfensohn, promised at the formation of the company and the acquisition of the Gush Katif hothouses that the Karni crossing would be open regularly for the passage of goods, but this promise was not kept. The American-Palestinian document confirms his claim.

The report stated that the closing of the crossing during this marketing season would lead to economic disaster for all produce in Gaza and the loss of an important source of income for residents of the area.