The Kerem Shalom crossing and Erez terminal fully reopened last week, allowing 1,289 truckloads of goods to enter Gaza
Date: 12/04/2012, 11:58 AM Author: COGAT Website
Last week (November 25th – December 1st), 1,289 trucks carrying 36,379 tons of goods entered the Gaza Strip from Israel through land crossings. The Kerem Shalom crossing and Erez terminal fully reopened this week following Operation Pillar of Defense, during which Gaza’s terror groups persistently fired rockets at Israel – including rocket fire that endangered the Kerem Shalom land crossing, forcing it to temporarily close.
The delivered goods included 807 tons of cooking gas and 480 truckloads of construction materials. A truckload of plane trees were also exported out of Gaza, marking the resumption of exports.
Also last week, 252 staff members of international organizations entered Israel and 245 entered the Gaza Strip. Additionally, 267 medical patients and accompanying individuals crossed from the Gaza Strip into Israel and the Judea and Samaria region.
The transfer of goods to Gaza is coordinated by the Israeli government and the IDF (Zahal), as well as Palestinian and international organizations.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) is a unit within the IDF (Zahal) responsible for the transport of aid into both the Judea and Samaria region and the Gaza Strip. COGAT assists in matters of health, education, agriculture, and infrastructure on a daily basis. It works with the Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA) of the Gaza Strip and the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria to facilitate the transfer of supplies including gas, building materials, electrical appliances, ceramic parts, hygienic products, wheat, and other foods.