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Date harvest time in Gaza Strip

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Date picking season is underway in Deir al Balah in the central Gaza Strip on Oct. 16.

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A Palestinian picks dates from palm trees during the date picking season, in Deir al Balah in the central Gaza Strip on Oct. 16.

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Dates have been a staple food in the Middle East for thousands of years.

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Dates have been a staple food in the Middle East for thousands of years.

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