Under rocket fire from Gaza, Israeli humanitarian aid continues

Israeli Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Continues

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    Despite the constant rocket fire into Israel, the Kerem Shalom crossing remained open during Operation Protective Edge, providing food and essential supplies for the residents of the Gaza Strip.
     
     
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    Civilian Assistance to Gaza during Operation Protective Edge Civilian Assistance to Gaza during Operation Protective Edge : COGAT
     
     
    Despite the constant fire into Israel, the Kerem Shalom crossing remained open during Operation Protective Edge and the flow of goods and fuel into the Gaza Strip continued.
     
    There is no shortage of food or fuel in Gaza and there are no signs of a humanitarian crisis. Medicines and medical equipment have passed continuously as well through the two crossings.
     
    General Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, noted that terrorist organizations daily attacked the crossing through which Israel allow trucks carrying supplies to enter the Gaza Strip.
     
    On August 4, 167 trucks carrying 3,361 tons of goods and supplies entered Gaza via Kerem Shalom Crossing. Among the trucks that entered were:
    • 94 trucks carrying 2,089 tons of food
    •   2 trucks carrying 11 tons of medicine and medical supplies
    • 41 trucks carrying 357 tons of humanitarian supplies


    Humanitarian aid to Gaza, July 19, 2014
      Humanitarian aid to Gaza
      Copyright: IDF Spokesperson



    At 10 am on August 1, despite the UN/US-backed humanitarian ceasefire which began at 8 am, rockets were fired at the Gaza periphery, including the Kerem Shalom Crossing for humanitarian aid to Gaza, which was closed due to rocket fire and the postponement of 14 scheduled repairs.
     
    August 1 - Hamas deprived Palestinian civilians of humanitarian aid
     
     
    Col. Grisha Yakubovich, Head of the Civil Coordination Department / COGAT, briefing Foreign Ambassadors in Israel on the humanitarian situation
    in the Gaza Strip - 31 July 2014
    Col. Grisha Yakubovich, Head of the Civil Coordination Department / COGAT, briefing Foreign Ambassadors in Israel
    Copyright: MFA free usage
     
     














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    Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge (8 July) 1,904 trucks have entered Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing, carrying food, medicines and medical equipment.

    Since the beginning of the operation the following amounts were provided to the Palestinians via the Kerem Shalom crossing (data up to and including August 4):

    • 4.44 million liters of diesel for the power station in Gaza Strip, 731,000 liters for UNRWA
    • 3.84 million liters of fuel
    • 1.5 million liters of gasoline for transportation
    • 2,140 tons of gas for domestic needs


    Erez Crossing:
    Since the beginning of the operation, 2,033 Palestinians have entered Israel from Gaza and 1,605 crossed from Israel into Gaza. A total of 123 ambulance transfers have been carried out through Erez since July 8.

    Palestinian civilians transferred to ambulances at Erez Crossing
      Palestinian civilians transferred to ambulances at Erez Crossing
      Copyright: COGAT


    On Saturday, 19 July, since the Kerem Shalom Crossing was closed due to Hamas attacks, five trucks entered Gaza Strip via the Erez Crossing, carrying 100 tons of medicines and medical equipment (antibiotics, first aid kits etc.).

    Medical supplies enter Gaza, July 19, 2014
      Medical supplies Gaza enter Gaza, July 19, 2014
      Copyright: IDF Spokesperson



    Since the beginning of the operation, Israel has carried out 72 infrastructural repairs: 42 electrical repairs; 17 water supply repairs; 6 sewage repairs; 7 communication repairs.
    Repairs were often delayed due to security threats and safety concerns for the workers.


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    Field hospital for wounded Palestinians from Gaza
     
    The IDF, in cooperation with  the Red Crescent, has opened a field hospital at the Erez Crossing, on the Gaza border, to treat wounded Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.  The field hospital contains an emergency room, lab, pharmacy, pediatric ward, ambulatory clinic, gynecology unit, family and internal medicine, and is equipped to treat dozens of patients.
     
    Since the field hospital opened on 20 July, doctors and staff have attended to 50 patients. Some have been treated and released, some treated and sent on for additional care at a hospital, and some sent immediately for hospital care. Unfortunately, Hamas has directly and indirectly prevented patients from arriving for care at the field hospital.
     
    Regional Medical Clinic for the People of Gaza
     
    IDF opens field hospital for Palestinians at Erez Crossing
     
    Palestinian receiving treatment at Israeli field hospital at Erez Crossing Palestinian receiving treatment at Israeli field hospital at Erez Crossing
     Copyright: IDF Spokesperson
     



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