Palestinian farmer Maher Abu Daqqa from the Gaza Strip took advantage of Valentine's Day to market his first harvest of roses.
Abu Daqqa, in his 40s, was overwhelmed by his happiness to see workers harvesting roses from his farm in the village of Abasan al-Kabira, east of Khan Yunis, south of the coastal strip.
"My feelings are indescribable after I was finally able to plant rose flowers which have long been forbidden to enter the strip for many reasons," Abu Daqqa told Xinhua as he held a bouquet of red roses.
He added that he was unable to import seedlings of roses from Israel, which only sells roses in small quantities, noting that he managed to bring in from Egypt through Rafah crossing.
Abu Daqqa usually grows roses in his own four-acre farm, which is called the Firdous Farm for Flowers, where he used to grow cloves, lavender and some green flowers.
Abu Daqqa has been impatiently waiting for the day to commemorate the Valentine's Day so that he could sell his roses.