(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)
Israel and the United Nations have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of the humanitarian aid that arrived on the illegal flotilla two weeks ago. The UN Secretary General’s Representative Robert H. Serry informed the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, that the UN will arrange for the transfer of the goods into the Gaza Strip, and will make sure that these goods will be used within the framework of the humanitarian aid operations carried out under its supervision and that of its agencies.
The transfer procedures of the humanitarian aid, which includes medicine, food and clothing, will be determined by COGAT and the UN. It should be emphasized that before the arrival of the flotilla, Israel officially offered Turkey and the UN to transfer the goods to Ashdod, where Israel would coordinate its transport to the Gaza Strip. In addition, it should be mentioned that the entrance of the humanitarian aid goods into the Gaza Strip has been delayed in the past two weeks by decision of the Hamas terror organization. The IDF transferred the goods which were unloaded from the flotilla ships through the Kerem Shalom crossing, and Hamas has not allowed the goods to enter.
The IDF will continue to coordinate the transfer of merchandise, other goods and medical equipment to the Gaza Strip in order to assist in the establishment of infrastructure in the Gaza Strip allowing for an intact lifestyle of its civilian population. In its efforts to smuggle in weapons, to become a stronger military power and to attack Israeli civilians, Hamas harms the citizens of the Gaza Strip and prevents them from becoming rehabilitated.