CoGAT report shares that 12,030 truckloads of humanitarian aid have been transferred into Gaza Strip so far in the year 2010

Date: 07/06/2010, 2:08 PM     Author: Elana Kieffer

A recent report issued by the IDF (Zahal) Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT) specifies amounts of humanitarian aid coordinated by the IDF (Zahal) and the Ministry of Defense to be transferred into the Gaza Strip in total from the entire year 2009 and the first half of the year 2010.

The coordination of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip is managed by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT), which is an IDF (Zahal) unit responsible for the coordination of civilian issues between the Israeli government, the IDF (Zahal), international organizations, international diplomats, and the Palestinian Authority.

Ever since the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Hamas has assumed administrative control and any Israeli-coordinated CoGAT activities in the Gaza Strip are carried out by the Coordination and Liaison Administration of the Gaza Strip (CLA), which is physically located outside Gaza. This IDF (Zahal) unit is responsible for the coordination of people entering and exiting the Gaza Strip, the facilitation of activities of international organizations within the Gaza Strip, and the facilitation of supplying needs to the civilian Palestinian population there.

The IDF (Zahal) and the State of Israel do not restrict the transfer of food products or medicine into the Gaza Strip, despite possible security threats presented by such a policy. According to the data of the Civil Administration, approximately 100 humanitarian aid trucks enter the Gaza Strip every day.

In total, IDF (Zahal)’s CoGAT coordinated the transfer of 30,920 truckloads with 738,576 tons of aid from January to December 2009. As of now, 2010 has shown the coordination of 12,030 truckloads of 287,088 tons of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.

Items transferred in each day include cooking oil, milk powder, baby food, rice, legumes, wheat, fruit, vegetables, meat, chicken, fish, spices, flour, dairy products, animal feed, salt, sugar, hygiene products, glass, iron, clothing, footwear, schoolbooks, generators, cement, and more. In addition, various products are coordinated to be exported out of the Gaza Strip, most notably a large carnation export amounting so far in 2010 to 77 truckloads of 12,305,876 Gaza-grown carnation flowers.