Under rocket fire from Gaza, Israeli humanitarian aid continues

Israeli Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Continues

  •   Under rocket fire from Gaza, humanitarian aid continues
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    Despite the constant rocket fire into Israel, the Kerem Shalom crossing remains 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 Copyright: COGAT
     
     
    Despite the constant fire into Israel, the Kerem Shalom crossing remains open during Operation Protective Edge and the flow of goods and fuel into the Gaza Strip continues.

    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.

    While the entry of larger quantities of food was approved to alleviate the fears of the Palestinian population, the ban on cement and equipment that could be used by terrorist organizations remains in effect.

    The Kerem Shalom crossing continues to operate with high security. The IDF acceded to the request of hundreds of Palestinians who hold foreign citizenship to leave the Gaza Strip - including the USA, Sweden, Greece, Serbia and Romania. The Erez Crossing in northern Gaza also remains open to Palestinians pedestrians for humanitarian cases.

    General Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, noted that terrorist organizations daily attack the crossing through which Israel allowed trucks carrying supplies to enter the Gaza Strip.

    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.

    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
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    Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge (8 July) 1,154 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:

    • 4.11 million liters of diesel for the power station in Gaza Strip, 344,000 liters for UNRWA
    • 2.64 million liters of fuel
    • 550,000 liters of gasoline for transportation
    • 1,431 tons of gas for domestic needs

    Erez Crossing: Since the beginning of the operation, 1664 Palestinians have entered Israel from Gaza and 1,200 crossed from Israel into Gaza. A total of 50 ambulance transfers have been carried out through Erez since July 8, 14 over the course of the weekend. 247 Jordanian field hospital staff members crossed into Gaza to replace their colleges. 1000 units of blood from Jordan and the Red Cross were transferred to Gaza.

    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
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    Since the beginning of the operation, Israel has carried out 44 infrastructural repairs: 22 electrical repairs; 14 water supply repairs; 4 sewage repairs; 3 communication repairs.

    On Friday (18 July), two high voltage lines supplying electricity from Israel to northern Gaza Strip were repaired, despite the dangers to which Israeli Electrical Corporation workers were exposed due to Hamas firing rockets on this area. The two lines provide a total of 25 Mega-Watt from Israel to some 40,000 people in the Gaza Strip.

    The Kela electricity line, which provides electricity to 70,000 people in Gaza was damaged by a Hamas rocket on July 13. The line has now been repaired on the Israeli side, and repairs are expected to be carred out on the Palestinian side as well.


    During the 12 hour humanitarian window on Saturday (26 July), COGAT worked in close coordination with the IEC and Palestinian Energy Authority to repair the electrical feeder lines that had been damaged or had been overloaded. 4 of the 10 lines were functioning as of Saturday night, although 3 repairs failed to hold.
    Humanitarian aid to Gaza, July 19, 2014
      Humanitarian aid to Gaza
      Copyright: IDF Spokesperson