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.
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
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
- On 28 July a young Palestinian child suffering from
cancer was treated at the COGAT field hospital. The doctors sent him for
further care in Israel.
- On 28 July,
COGAT facilitated the repair of two of the electrical feeder lines from
Israel to northern Gaza. These lines provide electricity for roughly
110,000 people. Over the course of the operation all ten feeder lines
from Israel have been damaged. Many have had multiple repairs,
frequently due to overload problems that result from damage to the other
lines. Repairs are often delayed due to security threats.
- On 28 July, due to the Eid el Fitr
holiday, only goods and equipment from international donors were
transferred through the Kerem Shalom Crossing, including 60 tons of
medicines and medical supplies.
- On July 29, 158
trucks were scheduled to cross into Gaza. However, due to the security
situation and Hamas rockets, only 43 trucks arrived at Kerem Shalom.
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 over 40 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. Copyright: IDF Spokesperson