TIPH distributes free flour to bakeries during Ramadan

For the third year in a row Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) is distributing free flour to a number of bakeries and pastries in the Old Souq during Ramadan. The flour is used for traditional Ramadan sweets and bread, which then are sold at almost half price.

For the third year in a row Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) is distributing free flour to a number of bakeries and pastries in the Old Souq during Ramadan. The flour is used for traditional Ramadan sweets and bread, which then are sold at almost half price.

– This is a huge project involving not only the bakeries and pastries in the Old Souq. All Hebronites can benefit from it by buying their Ramadan sweets at reduced prices, says TIPH project manager Fazel Sabetzadeh.

In all, no less than 31 tons of flour is distributed to more than a dozen bakeries and pastries. In connection with the project some of the bakeries earlier closed have been able to open again.

– When we started with this project three years ago only a few shops where involved. Since then it has grown considerably. Today the seize has more or less doubled, says Fazel Sabetzadeh.

The Old City in Hebron is an area heavily affected by the proximity to the downtown settlements and by the security measures taken to protect the settlers. Among TIPH’s tasks, given by the Israeli government and the Palestinian authority, is to carry out income generating projects and development projects that increase the general social and commercial activity in this part of Hebron.

– We expect this project to increase trade in the Old Souq by encourage Hebronites from all parts of the city to go there during Ramadan, TIPH Head of Mission Roy C Grottheim says.

The implementation of the project is carried out in cooperation with Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC).