(Israel Ministry of Defense)
Since the start of Operation Protective Edge
hundreds of civilians, injured and sick patients have been transferred through the Erez Crossing by the Crossings Point Authority (CPA) of the Ministry of Defense as part of its humanitarian assistance efforts. On Sunday, 24 August 2014, injured civilians and their escorts passed the crossing to seek medical aid; in total 50 people were scheduled to cross today.
At about 2:30 pm, direct, deliberate and continuous mortar fire was directed at the Erez Crossing. As a result of the fire, a number of Israelis who provide humanitarian assistance were injured. The Director of the Crossings Point Authority of the Ministry of Defense, Kamil Abu Rokan, and the Coordinator of the Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) General Yoav Mordehai, have decided to close the Erez Crossing to traffic today, except for life-saving action.
Crossings Point Authority of the Ministry of Defense:
Throughout the entire operation, the staff of the Crossing Points Authority has been working around the clock to provide humanitarian assistance to the residents of the Gaza Strip
, in part by facilitating the crossing of hundreds of people to hospitals in Israel through the Erez Crossing, and the transfer of more than 5,000 tons of medical equipment through the Kerem Shalom Crossing. Hamas has hurt the transfer of patients from the Gaza Strip and the provision of medical aid.