The Logistics Section of SIBAT (Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Department of the Israel Ministry of Defense), together with COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories), are responsible for transferring humanitarian aid to Gaza. They handled the transfer of the equipment that arrived on the flotilla ships from Ashdod Port to the Defense Ministry’s humanitarian aid base in Zrifin, which now await Hamas permission for transfer into the Gaza Strip.
Of the seven flotilla ships, only four were freight ships. The Challenger 1 (small yacht), the Sfendonh (small passenger boat) and the Mavi Marmara (passenger ship) did not carry any humanitarian aid, except for the passengers’ personal belongings. Of the four freight ships – Gaza, Sofia, Defeny and Rachel Corrie – as of June 7, SIBAT had only offloaded equipment from the Defeny.
As of June 7, the equipment offloaded was loaded onto 26 trucks. (An additional eight trucks are waiting at the Kerem Shalom crossing to enter the Gaza Strip.) The equipment includes:
- 300 wheelchairs
- 300 new mobility scooters
- 100 special mobility scooters for the disabled
- Hundreds of crutches
- 250 hospital beds
- 50 sofas
- Four tons of medicine
- 20 tons of clothing, carpets, school bags, cloth and shoes
- Various hospital equipment – closets and cabinets, operating theater equipment, etc.
- Playground equipment
The equipment remaining at Ashdod Port on the three ships which have not been offloaded include some 2000 tons of construction equipment – building materials and tools, and construction waste (rubble, toilets, sinks and cement) for re-use.
During the week of 30 May – 5 June 2010, 484 truckloads (12,413 tons) of aid were transferred from Israel to the Gaza Strip via the land crossings.