Passage of food items and fuel into the Gaza Strip through the Nahal Oz and Karni crossings
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories)
According to a decision of the political echelon, it was decided to open the Karni goods crossing and Nahal Oz fuel terminal in the northern Gaza Strip, starting Sunday morning (2 July 2006), in order to allow the passage of fuel and basic products into the Gaza Strip and to aid the Palestinian population with its daily needs.
At the Karni crossing, as of 16:00 pm, 50 truckloads of basic food items were transferred to Gaza, including: wheat, corn, cooking oil, meat, fruit and milk. The transfer of medicines was also approved but was delayed, as the need for medical supplies was not deemed urgent by Red Cross officials.
At the Nahal Oz fuel terminal, as of 16:00 pm, the following quantities of fuel and natural gas were transferred to the Palestinians: 1,000,000 liters of diesel fuel; 80,000 liters of gasoline; 200 tons of natural gas (for cooking).
Israel continues to supply both water and electricity to the Gaza Strip and in light of the current situation has increased the amount it supplies.
The Israeli defense establishment monitors the supply reserves in the Gaza Strip based on supplies entering Gaza through the various crossings. The data available shows that the current inventory of basic goods and medicines in the Gaza Strip is in ample supply. Israel has allowed the opening of the crossing despite the existing security threats in order to prevent any future disruptions from causing unexpected shortages.
Israel will continue to closely monitor the economic and humanitarian situation in Gaza and will work to transfer essential goods and fuel into Gaza based on Palestinian demand and in coordination with international relief agencies.