Since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead on December 27, 2008, Israeli defense officials at the Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA) have been working together with the international organizations in the Gaza Strip as well as various governments in order to assess the humanitarian needs, requirements and make the necessary response. Since the beginning of the operation, and on a daily basis, the international community has been able to increase the amount of goods supplied to Gaza.
All reports indicate that there are sufficient medicine and food in Gaza. The crossings to Gaza are open for the transfer of humanitarian aid from all international organizations, in full cooperation with the Israeli authorities and without restriction.
Details of humanitarian aid transferred to the Gaza Strip via Israeli crossings:
January 2, 2009
Israel transferred 64 trucks carrying 1,530 tons of humanitarian aid (including basic foodstuffs, medicines and medical supplies, tents and generators) via the Kerem Shalom crossing. Among the trucks were 25 UNRWA trucks, eight trucks of food donated by Turkey, and three trucks of medical equipment from the WHO.
• Israeli humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip 2-Jan-2009
Photo: IDF Spokesperson
Foreign nationals evacuated from Gaza (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)
January 1, 2009
60 trucks, with approximately 1,360 tons of humanitarian aid, medical supplies and medication were conveyed through Kerem Shalom cargo terminal.
• Israeli humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip 1-Jan-2009
December 31, 2008
93 truckloads carrying some 2,500 tons of humanitarian aid, medical supplies and medications were transferred through the Kerem Shalom crossing. The World Food Programme notified the Israeli authorities that their food warehouses in the Gaza Strip are full, with a two-week supply, and they do not require further shipments.
The Nahal Oz fuel crossing remains closed due to continuing fire in the area.
Twelve Palestinians, including two children, were transferred to Israeli hospitals.
• Israeli humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip 31-Dec-2008
Injured Palestinian boy receives medical treatment by
Israeli and Palestinian medical personnel at Erez crossing,
31 Dec 2008 (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)
December 30, 2008
93 truckloads carrying 2,366 tons of humanitarian supplies as well as five ambulances donated by Turkey were transferred to the Gaza Strip. A Red Cross plane arrived with medical supplies for the hospital operating room.
The aid included food and medicine provided by the World Food Programme, UNRWA, UNICEF, the ICRC, the World Health Organization, Doctors without Borders, and Care International, as well as donations from Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Turkey.
• Israel increases humanitarian effort to the Gaza Strip – 30-Dec-2008
December 29, 2008
63 trucks with 1,545 tons of humanitarian goods (food, medicines and medical supplies) were delivered via the Kerem Shalom crossing. Most of the aid was provided by the International Red Cross, UNRWA, Doctors without Borders, and Care International. Five ambulances from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Ramallah passed through, at the request of the International Red Cross (ICRC). 1,000 units of blood donated by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan were also delivered.
Although scheduled to open, the Nahal Oz fuel depot remained closed due to rocket attacks nearby.
Erez crossing: Four people (patients and their escorts), and ten international staff, including a pregnant FAO employee and her Palestinian husband, left the Gaza Strip and crossed into Israel.
December 28, 2008
At the request of international organizations (the International Red Cross, UNRWA, WFP) and of the Palestinian National Authority in Ramallah, 23 truckloads of humanitarian goods such as flour, medicines and medical supplies, were transferred via Kerem Shalom crossing.
Photos: IDF Spokesperson
December 26, 2008
Kerem Shalom: 63 trucks delivered1496 tons of goods – flour, oil, sugar, rice, salt, milk powder, hatching eggs and medicines.
December 21-25, 2008
Erez crossing: 145 people (patients and their escorts) crossed into Israel for medical treatment
The Unit for Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories reports daily on the general humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
Humanitarian aid includes food, medicines and medical equipment, tools and materials for esssential humanitarian infrastructures, and a certain amount of diesel fuel. Cement, sand, gravel and steel are not considered to be humanitarian aid.
Different crossings are designated for different types of humanitarian aid:
Karni Crossing: grains such as wheat, barley, soy beans, corn, sesame seeds, animal feed and aggregate
Kerem Shalom and/or Sufa Crossing: food, hygiene products, tools and raw materials for essential infrastructures, medicines and medical equipment; and a myriad of other items – ranging from school books to wheel chairs – needed by the civilian population.
Nahal Oz: diesel fuel for transportation and for the local Gaza power station, petrol, and gas for cooking and heating, according to an assessment of civilian needs mandated by the Israeli court.
Erez Crossing: two-way traffic of international organizations’ staff between Israel and Gaza ; Gaza residents seeking medical treatment in Israel or the Palestinian Authority, together with the people accompanying them (“medical evacuations”); and Palestinian civilians with various humanitarian needs. This crossing is open every day, even when the other crossings are closed.