IDF continues to assist Gaza Strip civilian population

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In the shadow of the recent increase of rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip, the IDF (Zahal) is moving forward with its policy of aiding Gaza civilians. Over the past week, an average of 300 aid trucks entered Gaza daily

Date: 24/03/2011, 4:07 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet

In the shadow of the recent increase in rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, the IDF (Zahal) is continuing to move forward with its broad policy of aiding the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

The policy is carried out in coordination with the Palestinian Authority, with the help of the international community.

Over the past week, an average of 300 aid trucks entered the Gaza Strip per day. The trucks carried a variety of materials, including wheat, gravel and animal feed, among other items.

The goods were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing, operated by the Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority, instead of the Karni crossing, which was recently closed due to security threats.

In the second half of 2011, it is expected that 450 trucks will enter the Gaza Strip daily to meet the import and export needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

The IDF (Zahal) continues to aid the civilian population of the Gaza Strip in construction. Around 19,000 tons of aggregates (a type of gravel used in the construction process to reinforce concrete) have been transferred to the Gaza Strip thus far.

Gravel is generally prohibited from being imported into the Gaza Strip due to concerns it will be used by terrorist organizations for the construction of bunkers, for example. However, coordinated deliveries of gravel are permitted for civilian projects only. The projects are funded and monitored by international organizations that operate in the Gaza Strip, and are intended for improvements in the areas of education, welfare and housing. Among other things, aggregates are to be used in the construction of hospital wings, residential buildings and schools.