|The Palestinian ministry of telecommunications posted photos of the letters on its Facebook page, showing large piles of
letter bags in a room as employees worked on them.
Ramadan Ghazawy, a Palestinian postal official, said even after many years of delay, the Israeli side had done a poor job of
classifying the mail.
"After eight years it didn't come categorized as it is supposed to be, with lists and categorized. We got it all mixed."
From toys to wheelchairs
Family photographs and personal letters as well as medicine were among the delayed packages. Other shipments also
included children’s toys to wheelchairs for the disabled.
The letters were kept in Jordan since 2010 because Israel refused to let any sort of direct transfer to the Palestinian
Authority in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said.Any letter or package that is addressed for the West Bank and Gaza
Strip, undergoes Israeli security inspection first.
Israeli authorities claimed that this was not going to happen in future as moves were under way to implement a 2016
agreement that allows direct international mail flow to the West Bank.
However, Palestinian telecommunications minister Allam Mousa said Israel was delaying the agreement’s implementation
and still blocked mail directly through Jordan, and therefore violating international resolutions.
"A team was formed from across the city (Jericho) to deliver (the mail) to the people as soon as possible," said Sawafta.
Ghazawy said delivering the mails was going to be difficult and even impossible in some cases due to the damage the boxes
and the envelopes had sustained over these years, while the addresses on others had worn off.
"There are toys for kids. Maybe they were one year old when those gifts were sent. Now they are eight," Ghazawy said.