Despite the constant rocket fire into Israel during Operation Protective Edge, the Kerem Shalom crossing remained open, providing food and essential supplies for the residents of the Gaza Strip.
Despite the constant fire into Israel, the Kerem Shalom crossing remained open during Operation Protective Edge and the flow of goods and fuel into the Gaza Strip continued.
The Kerem Shalom crossing continues to operate with high security. The IDF acceded to the request of hundreds of Palestinians who hold foreign citizenship to leave the Gaza Strip. The Erez Crossing in northern Gaza also remains open to Palestinian pedestrians for humanitarian cases.
On August 4, Israel established a joint COGAT-International Organizations coordination center in order to streamline the process.
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On August 25, 274 trucks were scheduled to cross into Gaza. However, due to the security situation and Hamas rockets, only 203 trucks arrived at Kerem Shalom. Among the trucks that entered were:
• 111 trucks carrying 2,190 tons of food
• 3 trucks carrying 8 tons of humanitarian supplies
On August 26, 217 trucks were scheduled to cross into Gaza. However, due to the security situation and Hamas rockets, only 75 trucks arrived at Kerem Shalom.
On August 24, three Israeli-Arab taxi drivers waiting to pick up Gazan residents and bring them into Israel for medical treatment were wounded – two seriously – by mortar shells fired at the Erez Crossing as Palestinians from Gaza were entering Israel for medical care, forcing the closing of the Erez Crossing. Soldiers evacuated the wounded as mortars continued to fall on the crossing specifically designated for the passage of Palestinians in need of medical and humanitarian assistance.
Wounded Israelis evacuated from Erez Crossing
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During the humanitarian ceasefire in effect from August 13-19, there was a marked increase in the quantity of goods and humanitarian aid entering the Gaza Strip. However, the ceasefire was broken by rocket fire from Gaza on the afternoon of August 19, which continues unabated. Despite the resumption of rocket fire, Israel continues to facilitate the entrance of goods and aid to the Gaza Strip, and COGAT held a conference with various international organizations to discuss the need for immediate humanitarian assistance for the civilian population.
GovXParagraph3At 12:30pm on August 10, a barrage of rockets struck inside the Kerem Shalom Crossing, forcing its temporary closure until workers can safely operate in the area.
Only 34 of the 283 trucks that were scheduled were able to cross into Gaza, depriving the people of Gaza of:
• 94 trucks of food
• 20 trucks of bottled water and drinks
• 16 trucks with humanitarian and medical supplies
• 14 trucks of agricultural materials
• 53 trucks of mixed goods (i.e. clothing, cleaning supplies, etc.)
• 27 trucks of equipment and supplies for international organizations carrying food, medicines, water
By firing rockets on Kerem Shalom on August 10, Hamas also prevented the entry of much-needed fuel to Gaza.
At 10 am on August 1, despite the UN/US-backed humanitarian ceasefire which began at 8 am, rockets were fired at the Gaza periphery, including the Kerem Shalom Crossing for humanitarian aid to Gaza, which was closed due to rocket fire and the postponement of 14 scheduled repairs.
The IDF, in cooperation with the Red Crescent, has opened a field hospital at the Erez Crossing, on the Gaza border, to treat wounded Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. The field hospital contains an emergency room, lab, pharmacy, pediatric ward, ambulatory clinic, gynecology unit, family and internal medicine, and is equipped to treat dozens of patients.
Since the field hospital opened on 20 July, doctors and staff have attended to 50 patients. Some have been treated and released, some treated and sent on for additional care at a hospital, and some sent immediately for hospital care. Unfortunately, Hamas has directly and indirectly prevented patients from arriving for care at the field hospital.
On 28 July a young Palestinian child suffering from cancer was treated at the COGAT field hospital. The doctors sent him for further care in Israel.
Copyright: IDF Spokesperson