Humanitarian Aid Continues to Enter Gaza Strip

On Sunday (Oct. 3) 262 humanitarian aid trucks entered the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom and Karni Conveyor crossings. 632 trucks entered last week.

Date: 04/10/2010, 10:28 PM     Author: Elana Kieffer

Humanitarian aid is transferred into the Gaza Strip on a daily basis by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT), the IDF (Zahal) unit responsible for the coordination of civilian issued between the Israeli government, the IDF (Zahal), international organizations, international diplomats and the Palestinian Authority. The truckloads of humanitarian aid enter the Gaza Strip from Israel through the Kerem Shalom and Karni Conveyor crossings, while the Erez crossing has been designated for the transfer of people.

On Sunday (Oct. 3), for example, 159 trucks entered through the Kerem Shalom crossing and an additional 103 trucks entered through the Karni Conveyor crossing.

Last week, from September 26th to October 1st the Karni Conveyor crossing was closed for the holiday of Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles. The Kerem Shalom crossing remained open however, and 632 trucks entered the Gaza Strip through that channel. The Erez crossing was also open to function routinely, and 88 patients and their accompanying individuals entered Israel for medical treatment, along with 120 international organization personnel. 118 additional international organization personnel passed through the Erez crossing into the Gaza Strip.

These activities all take place under the authority of IDF (Zahal)’s Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT), the unit responsible for the coordination of civilian issues between the Israeli government, the IDF (Zahal), international organizations, international diplomats, and the Palestinian Authority. CoGAT has been implementing a June 2010 decision by the Israeli Security Cabinet to enhance the capacity of goods transferred into the Gaza Strip through the various crossings.

In addition to the daily transfer of humanitarian aid, CoGAT has been overseeing a number of special projects benefiting the Palestinian civilian population of the Gaza Strip, including the construction of several greenhouses and the renovations of sewage treatment facilities.