Cost of 25-kilo sack of flour in Gaza down from NIS 1,800 at peak of war to NIS 95 — reports

Some two weeks after the Israel Defense Forces withdrew all of its maneuvering ground forces from Gaza, and a day after photos of Palestinians enjoying the beach caused a buzz in Hebrew media, reports point to signs of life returning to normal in areas including the north of the Strip, Gaza City, and the southern city of Khan Younis.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli defense Ministry unit responsible for liaising with the Palestinians, shares a post showing market scenes in northern Gaza.

Photos from Gaza markets show stalls with a variety of vegetables in stock including tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, onions, along with staples such as eggs, spices and flour.

Channel 12 quotes Gaza photographer Ayman Amriti as saying that the price of a 25-kilogram (55-pound) sack of flour has come down from NIS 1,800 ($475) at the peak of the war to NIS 95 ($25) — though most people are struggling financially.

A carton of 30 eggs is reportedly now being sold in Gaza for NIS 38 ($10), down from NIS 10 ($2.50) per egg a month ago.

The Channel 12 report adds that meat, snacks, and watermelon is also available in Gaza.

COGAT said earlier this week that 23 bakeries currently operating in Gaza are producing some three million pita breads every day.

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