(Communicated by COGAT - Coordination of Government Activities in the
In November 2012, in response to the escalating
attacks from Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip (including 787
rockets that landed in Israel since the start of 2012), Israel launched Operation
Pillar of Defense, as a necessary action to protect Israel's civilians.
Throughout the 8-day operation, the Coordination of Government Activities in
the Territories (COGAT), and COGAT's field representatives in the Coordination
and Liaison Administration to Gaza (CLA Gaza) worked with the IDF, other
branches of the Israeli defense establishment, international organizations and
governmental representatives in order to provide assistance for the needs of the
civilian population in Gaza.
While Hamas actively exploits and endangers their civilians, COGAT's
activities are yet another example of the measures that Israel takes to minimize
casualties and harm amongst that very same population.
- Erez Crossing, the pedestrian terminal between Israel and Gaza, was fully
operational for emergency evacuations throughout Pillar of Defense.
- While the Kerem Shalom Crossing, the commercial goods terminal between
Israel and Gaza, was open for three days of the operation, the threat of rocket
fire kept wary truck drivers on both sides of the border away, and rockets were
actually fired towards the crossing during the transfer of goods.
- Throughout Operation Pillar of Defense, food stores in Gaza remained at high
- COGAT placed special emphasis on prioritizing health related requests,
whether supply requests or exit permits for treatment in Israel.
- Israel continued to supply 125 MW of electricity to Gaza through the 10
electrical lines connecting Israel and the Strip.
On 20 November 2012 rockets were fired towards the Kerem Shalom
crossing during transfer of goods. While the majority of goods had already been
transferred, the attack prevented the entry of medical supplies. The CLA
subsequently arranged for supplies to be transferred via forklift at Erez
terminal. (Photo: COGAT)
Read the complete COGAT report
detailing assistance to the
civilian population of the Gaza Strip during Operation Pillar of Defense (14-21