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Palestinians farmers began the annual harvest of olives in Gaza City on Oct 15,2009. A staple for many local farmers, preparing them for ready to eat consumption and to make olive oil. Both family farms and factories, employing local workers, take part in the harvest. With an expected bumper crop in the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials hope to triple olive oil sales this year, boosting an otherwise failing economy. Photo by Mohammed Asad