Food supplies and medical aid for Palestinians in Gaza

 Humanitarian supplies transferred to the Gaza Strip

 

Photos: IDF Spokesman

Summary: June 15-30

Food, fuel and other supplies are transported from Israel to the Gaza Strip through the various border crossings on a daily basis, and Palestinians in need of medical treatment are escorted by the Israeli army to Israeli hospitals. All humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip is carried out in coordination with the Gaza District Coordination and Liaison Office.

The status of the various Gaza Strip crossings:

The Kerem Shalom crossing has been the main transfer point for goods destined for the Gaza Strip since 15 June 2007. On 25-26 June, the crossing was closed due to rocket attacks from Gaza.

On July 9, Palestinians fired two mortar shells mortar shells at the Kerem Shalom crossing in the southern Gaza Strip; one of them hit the crossing directly.

The Kerem Shalom crossing has been extensively used for the passage of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip in recent weeks, including the daily transfer of thousands of tons of food, medicine and additional humanitarian supplies.

The Erez crossing is an international crossing open only for the passage of foreign and Palestinian employees of international organizations, diplomats, foreign journalists, Palestinians with dual citizenship, and urgent humanitarian cases. Approximately 350 foreign nationals and several hundred Palestinian refugees left the Gaza Strip; Red Cross doctors and medical equipment entered.

The Sufa crossing is a back-up for Kerem Shalom crossing, in the event of rocket attacks. Supplies, food and Red Cross medical equipment, as well as truckloads of food donated by Jordan passed through.

The Nahal Oz crossing, used for the transfer of fuels, has been open since June 15 for the passage of fuel and cooking gas into the Gaza Strip, enabling the continued operation of the Strip’s power plant.

The Rafah crossing (to Egypt): Closed.

Following is a summary of the humanitarian aid transferred from Israel to Gaza in the second half of June:

Between 19-30 June, the following goods passed through the Kerem Shalom crossing:

Flour & wheat – 18 truckloads
Basic commodities – 51 truckloads
Meat – 4 truckloads
Milk – 30 truckloads
Animal feed – 6 truckloads
Medicines & medical equipment – 6 truckloads
Fruit – 13 truckloads
Other goods – 5 truckloads

Between 24-30 June, the following goods passed through the Sufa crossing:

Flour and wheat – 36 truckloads
Rice – 5 truckloads
Cooking oil – 18 truckloads
Beans, etc. – 5 truckloads
Animal feed – 233 truckloads
Milk – 15 truckloads
Sugar, salt – 42 truckloads
Medicines & medical equipment – 7 truckloads
Fruit – 15 truckloads
Other goods – 15 truckloads

From 15-30 June, the following amounts of fuel have passed through Nahal Oz to Gaza:

Gas – 2,100 tons (84 tankers)
Petrol, private use – 735,000 liters (17 tankers)
Diesel, private use – 4,937,000 liters (107 tankers)
Diesel, power plant – 4,800,000 liters (120 tankers)

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Daily reports of humanitarian aid to Gaza
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

Despite the volatile security situation in the Gaza Strip and in spite of the constant threat of attacks on the crossings, the IDF is making special efforts to provide a response to humanitarian needs in the Gaza Strip.

On June 19:

  • 22 containers carrying 200 tons of basic food products and 30 tons of medical supplies were transferred through the Kerem Shalom crossing into the Gaza Strip, in cooperation with the United Nations World Food Program and the International Red Cross.
  • Five Palestinians seriously injured in the course of infighting in the Gaza Strip in recent days were evacuated through the Erez crossing for medical treatment in Israel, in cooperation with the Red Crescent.

The IDF will continue to assist the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip to the best of its ability, while taking into consideration the security constraints.

On June 20:

Throughout the day the following humanitarian aid was transferred from Israel into Gaza with the coordination of the Gaza District Coordination and Liaison Office:

  • Trucks transferring food via the Kerem Shalom crossing: 200 tons of flour, 40 tons of meat, 90,000 liters of milk and 25,000 liters of cooking oil. 
  • Medical supplies as well as 98,000 vaccines against chicken pox, tuberculosis, tetanus and rubella were passed via Erez Crossing. 
  • 420,000 liters of diesel, 45,000 liters of gasoline, 43,000 liters of oil and 325 liters of cooking gas were transferred via the Nahal Oz fuel terminal. 
  • Nine injured and chronically ill Palestinians were taken by the IDF to Israeli hospitals for medical treatment, including a 17-year-old teenager suffering from leukemia. 
  • Over 150 foreign citizens staying in Gaza were assisted to cross into Israel.

The DCL has also been handing out food and water throughout the day to the Palestinians staying at the crossing.

June 21:

  • Over 400 tons of food products were transferred via the Kerem Shalom crossing: 130 tons flour, 49 tons rice, 49 tons sugar, 5 tons tea, 8 tons milk powder, 33 tons crushed lentils, 19.7 tons lentils, 30 tons margarine, 18.5 tons barley, 34 tons macaroni, 20 tons beans, 15 tons humus and 2 tons soup.
  • 7 tons of disinfectants were also transferred through the crossing.
  • 160,000 liters of diesel fuel, 40,000 liters of gasoline and 40 tons of gas were transferred via the Nahal Oz fuel terminal.
  • Eight injured Palestinians were transferred from Gaza hospitals to Israeli hospitals for medical treatment.
  • Overnight, Palestinians at the Erez crossing interested in crossing over to Egypt were assisted to do so.
  • Approximately 100 Palestinians with dual citizenship crossed into Israel through the Erez crossing.
  • Two Red Cross surgeons passed into the Gaza Strip through Erez in order to assist hospitals in the region.

June 22:

  • Basic products and medical supplies were transferred via the Kerem Shalom crossing: 75,000 liters of milk, 120 tons of animal feed and medical supplies for dialysis.
  • Five injured Palestinians were taken by the IDF to Israeli hospitals for medical treatment.

July 24:

  • 20 trucks containing food products including sugar, cooking oil, eggs and milk products and a truck containing medicine,  through the Kerem Shalom crossing.
  • 537 tons of animal feed and 581 tons of straw, through the Sufa crossing.

Earlier today a meeting was held between Col. Nir Press, Head of the Gaza District Coordination and Liaison Office and Mr. John Ging, Head of UNRWA in the Gaza Strip, concerning the means for assisting in the transfer of humanitarian aid provided by the organization, including basic food products, into the Gaza Strip.

June 26:

Through the Sufa crossing:

  • 146,000 liters of milk
  • 733 tons of animal feed
  • 150 tons of flour (additional 292 tons were donated by international organizations)
  • 473 tons of sugar
  • Three trucks carrying seedlings
  • A truck carrying fertilized eggs

A truckload of medical supplies, a truckload  of food packages and a truckload of domestic equipment were also donated by international organizations.

June 27:

Through the Sufa crossing:

  • 581 tons of animal feed
  • 319 tons of straw
  • 327 tons of sugar
  • 164 tons of flour
  • 5 tons of semolina
  • 143,000 liters of oil
  • 134 tons of rice
  • 27 tons of seedlings
  • 32 tons of salt
  • 30 tons of baby formula
  • 24,000 liters of hypochlorite (a water purifier) 

In addition, 24 trucks with supplies were transferred through the Kerem Shalom crossing, 50,000 vaccinations were transferred through the Erez crossing, and 22 Palestinians were taken for medical treatment in Israeli hospitals.

June 28: 

Throughout the day the following supplies were transferred from Israel into Gaza through the Sufa and Kerem Shalom crossings, with the coordination of the Gaza District Coordination and Liaison Office:

  • 569 tons of animal feed
  • 269 tons and additional 7 truckloads of flour
  • 222 tons of straw    
  • 187 tons of sugar 
  • 143 tons of bananas and additional 9 truckloads of fruits 
  • 98 tons of salt
  • 78 tons of cooking oil 
  • 28 tons of humus
  • 12 tons of milk powder and additional 300,000 liters of milk 
  • 300,000 kg of seedlings

In addition, 480 tons of wheat seeds were transferred through a conveyor belt near the Karni crossing.

June 30:

Through the Sufa, Kerem Shalom and Erez Crossings:

  • 676 tons of sugar
  • 637 tons of straw
  • 375 tons of animal feed
  • 191 tons of fruits
  • 159 tons of salt
  • 116,000 liters of cooking oil
  • 79 tons of bananas
  • 71,000 liters of milk
  • 36 tons of rice
  • 36 tons of tea
  • 33 tons of meat
  • 21,000 liters of hypochlorite (a water purifier)
  • 20 tons of coffee
  • 20 tons of cocoa
  • 14 tons of milk powder
  • 5 tons of medical equipment for babies and 10 tons of diapers
  • 4 tons of fertilized eggs
  • 5 kg of medical equipment and 8433 vaccines

July 1:

Throughout the day the following supplies were transferred from Israel into Gaza through the Sufa, Kerem Shalom and Erez Crossings, with the coordination of the Gaza District Coordination and Liaison Office:

  • 676 tons of sugar
  • 637 tons of straw
  • 375 tons of animal feed
  • 191 tons of fruits
  • 159 tons of salt
  • 116,000 liters of cooking oil
  • 79 tons of bananas
  • 71,000 liters of milk
  • 36 tons of rice
  • 36 tons of tea
  • 33 tons of meat
  • 21,000 liters of hypochlorite (a water purifier)
  • 20 tons of coffee
  • 20 tons of cocoa
  • 14 tons of milk powder
  • 5 tons of medical equipment for babies and 10 tons of diapers
  • 4 tons of fertilized eggs
  • 5kg of medical equipment and 8433 vaccines

July 2:

Sufa Crossing:

A total of approximately 2,500 tons and 78,000 liters of the following products: 556 tons animal feed, 530 tons straw, 360 tons sugar, 264 tons flour (and an additional 47 tons of  flour for merchants), 205 tons salt, 78,000 liters oil, 61 tons spices, 48 tons rice, 49 tons  halva, 39 tons bananas, 54 tons jam, 23 tons carrots, 30 tons barley, 29 tons humus, 40 tons corn, 20 tons hypochlorite, 14 tons canned meat, 6.5 tons tea, 100 tons powdered milk (donated by UNRWA).

Kerem Shalom crossing:

Twenty trucks carrying summer fruits, milk products, baby diapers, meat, medical supplies, fertilized eggs and oil.

July 3:

Sufa Crossing:

Approximately 2,400 tons of products: 423 tons of animal feed, 505 tons of straw, 321 tons of sugar, 354 tons of flour, 74 tons of salt, 28 tons of spices, 28 tons of pasta, 14 tons of canned food, 29 tons of tomato sauce, 26 tons of fine flour, 24 tons of tuna, 27 tons of peanuts, 14 tons of jam, 13 tons of cooking oil, 7 tons of hyssop, 22 tons of canned full, 7 tons of raspberry juice powder.

Kerem Shalom crossing:

Approximately 350 tons of products and 5 truckloads of equipment: 22 tons of medicine and powdered milk, 40 tons of frozen meat, 66 tons of dairy products, 59 tons of meat, 5 tons of fertilized eggs, 115 tons of fruit, 42 tons of bananas, 2 truckloads of disposable diapers and 3 truckloads of medicine and medical equipment.

July 8-13:

Throughout the last week (8-13 July) the following humanitarian aid was transferred from Israel into the Gaza Strip with the coordination of the Gaza District Coordination and Liaison Office:

  •  Sufa Crossing – Approximately 8880 tons food, medical supplies, dairy products, flour, sugar, reproductive eggs, rice, cooking oil, straw and animal feed, raw food materials and construction supplies.
  • Kerem Shalom Crossing – Approximately 1050 tons of food, medical supplies, dairy products, meat products, fruit, cooking oil and reproductive eggs.
  • Karni Crossing – Approximately 4180 tons of wheat seed.

July 15-19:

The IDF is continuing its efforts to provide a response to the humanitarian needs in the Gaza Strip. Throughout the last week (15-19 July) the following humanitarian aid was transferred from Israel into the Gaza Strip through the Sufa crossing with the coordination of the Gaza District Coordination and Liaison Office:

Approximately 5411 tons of  medical supplies, medicine, pasta, fruit, fish, dairy products, flour, sugar, meat,  rice, cooking oil, straw, seedlings, spices, candy, diapers, oxygen balloons, water pumps, electricity transformers, generators and construction supplies.