The IDF (Zahal) facilitates transfer of goods and passage of people via Gaza Strip crossings
Date: 02/08/2011, 11:51 AM Author: IDF (Zahal) Website
The IDF (Zahal) continues to facilitate the transfer of goods to the Gaza Strip. 28,045 tons of goods were transported in 1,090 trucks during the week of July 24-July 30.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) makes such efforts on a daily basis, assisting in matters of health, education, agriculture and infrastructure.
In addition to the transfer of products, COGAT also regularly arranges for the passage of people through the Erez border crossing to receive services such as medical assistance.
The last week of July marked an 8% increase in the number of people leaving and entering the Gaza through the Erez crossing. 215 international organization staff members entered Israel and 106 entered the Gaza Strip. 353 patients and accompanying individuals crossed into Israel and the West Bank for medical care.
Among the goods transferred to the Gaza Strip were 755 tons of cooking gas. In accordance with a Palestinian decision, heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power plant is delivered directly from Egypt. Therefore, no diesel is transferred from Israel.
COGAT is a unit within the IDF (Zahal) responsible for transport of aid into the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It works with the Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA) of the Gaza Strip and West Bank’s Civil Administration to facilitate entrance of supplies such as gas, building materials, electrical appliances, ceramic parts, wheat and other foods, hygienic products and more.