In February, the import of materials and equipment for the construction and renovation of schools, medical centers, greenhouses, a wastewater treatment plant, homes and offices in the Gaza Strip continued.

 Humanitarian & civilian activities towards the Gaza Strip-COGAT monthly report Feb 2011

 

Building an elementary school in Nuseirat-UNRWA (Photo: COGAT)

The following is a report on the civilian and humanitarian activities carried out by the Israeli authorities during the month of February 2011:

 Expanding the Civil Policy towards the Gaza Strip

In accordance with the Cabinet’s decision to liberalize the civilian policy vis-à-vis the Gaza Strip, Israel has implemented the following measures:

  • The capacity of the Kerem Shalom crossing was increased by 170%, enabling 250 truckloads to enter the Gaza Strip via Kerem Shalom on a daily basis.
  • The list of controlled items to the Gaza Strip was published on July 5th. The list can be found on the website of the Prime Minister’s Office .
  • Promoting the implementation of international projects – overall, 121 projects of international organizations were approved and 19 of them have already been completed.
  • A joint COGAT-PA team was established in order to promote internationally funded and supervised projects.
  • A joint team comprising COGAT, the MOD Crossing Authority and the PA was established in order to increase the capacity of the existing operational crossings. 
  • The export of agriculture products (flowers, strawberries and bell peppers) to European markets was approved.

Main Points

  • The export of strawberries, flowers, and bell-peppers from Gaza to the European market continued. 
  • There was an 8% increase In comparison with last month in the volume of truckloads transferred through the crossings: 
    • There was a 49% decrease in the amount of truckloads exported from the Gaza Strip.
  • There was a 2% increase in the number of patients and accompanying individuals who entered Israel for medical purposes. 
  • There was a 163% increase in the number of truckloads entering Gaza for projects compared to last month.
  • 20 additional projects were approved this month as part of the Quartet Package.

Movement and Permits

  • 3,043 Palestinians exited the Gaza Strip through Erez Crossing. 
  • Overall, 3,193 permits were issued to Palestinians, allowing them to cross through Erez, including:
    • 1,516 permits for medical cases (768 patients and 748 accompanying individuals), enabling them to receive medical treatment in Israel, the West Bank and abroad;
    • 7 permits for embassy visa interviews;
    • 67 permits for the attendance of conventions and professional medical seminars; 
    • 91 permits for traveling abroad;
    • 76 permits for business meetings. 
  • 861 businessmen exited the Gaza Strip.

Exports from the Gaza Strip

  •  During the month 52 tons of strawberries and 4,080,700 carnation flowers were exported.
  • Since the beginning of the season (Nov. 28, 2010), 368 tons of strawberries, 7,145,338 carnation flowers, and 6 tons of bell peppers have been exported to European markets.

International Community Activity

  •   54 diplomatic delegations entered the Gaza Strip. 
  • 11 donation requests were approved.
  • $13.5 million were transferred to the Gaza Strip for the payment of UNRWA employees’ salaries.
  • 80 million worn-out NIS were transferred out of Gaza.
  • 633 truckloads were coordinated entry into the Gaza Strip by the International community.

Project Implementation Status

The transfer of equipment for approved projects in the Gaza Strip has continued, in coordination with international organizations – a total of 301 truckloads has been transferred.

  Status of the Projects – 19 projects have been completed, 35 projects are being implemented, and 59 approved projects are awaiting implementation.  20 additional projects were approved this month as part of the Quartet Package. 

Details of projects being implemented:

  • The Northern Water Treatment Plant – Part B (World Bank) – 115 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Upgrading of the WTP in Shiekh Ajlin (KFW) – 236 truckloads of aggregates, 26 truckloads of iron, 34 truckloads of cement, and 24 truckloads of other equipment were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of Boys’ School in Beit Lahia (UNRWA) – 7 truckloads of cement, 2 truckloads of iron, and 113 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Reconstruction of Girls’ School in Khan Yunis (UNRWA) – 61 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a school in Nuseirat (UNRWA) – 9 truckloads of cement, 2 truckloads of iron, 48 truckloads of aggregates, and 2 truckloads of other equipment were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a school in Nuseirat (UNRWA) (2) – 5 truckloads of cement, 1 truckload of iron, and 5 truckloads of other equipment were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a school in Ma’an (UNRWA) – 3 truckloads of cement, 2 truckloads of iron, and 33 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Construction of 8 housing units in Rafah (UNRWA) – 3 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month
  • 400 Greenhouses (USAID) – 12 truckloads of equipment were delivered this month.
  • Reconstruction of a medical center in Jabalia (UNRWA) – 6 truckloads of cement, 57 truckloads of aggregates, and 1 truckload of other equipment were delivered this month. 
  • Improving Gaza’s Electricity Network (UNDP) – 34 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a clinic in Saftawi (UNRWA) – 5 truckloads of cement, 2 truckloads of iron, and 53 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a kindergarten in Beit Khanun (UNRWA) – 4 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Construction of offices in UNRWA’s Warehouse (UNRWA) – 5 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • 200 Housing Units in Khan Yunis (UNDP) – 21 truckloads of cement, 4 truckloads of iron, and 65 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Reconstruction of Al Amal Hospital in Khan Yunis (USAID) – 4 truckloads of cement and 1 truckload of iron were delivered this month.
  • Reconstruction of 15 kindergartens (USAID) – 1 truckload of equipment was delivered this month.
  • Rehabilitation of agricultural plots (USAID) – 5 truckloads of equipment were delivered this month.
  • Support of 5 Health Institutions (USAID) – 1 truckload of equipment was delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a sewage drainage network in Beit Lahia (USAID) – 1 truckload of equipment was delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a Sewage Drainage Network in Khan Yunis (USAID) – 1 truckload of iron was delivered this month.

Humanitarian Infrastructure

  •  Israel maintained a continuous supply of electricity and water to the Gaza Strip.
  • The transfer of fuel continued throughout the month, in accordance with the PA’s requests:
    • There was a 10% decrease in the amount of transportation diesel transferred to UNRWA.
    • There was a 25% decrease in the amount of cooking gas transferred into the Gaza Strip.
    • There was a 2% increase in the amount of gasoline transferred to UNRWA.
  • Maintenance equipment was transferred for the electricity network, in accordance with the PA’s requests:
    • One truckload of equipment was delivered for the Gaza Strip Energy Authority.
    • 2 truckloads of communication equipment were delivered for “Paltal” Communication Company.
    • One truckload of equipment was delivered for the Palestinian Water Authority.
    • One truckload of spare parts was delivered for the Gaza Strip Power Plant.

Crossing Activity

  • During the month, 3,127 truckloads were delivered into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom Crossing.
  • During the month, 1,303 truckloads were delivered into the Gaza Strip through the Karni Conveyor.
  • Overall, 4,430 truckloads entered the Gaza Strip, including:
    o 87 truckloads of clothing and footwear;
    o 105 truckloads of electric products;
    o 1,536 truckloads of food;
    o 41 truckloads of textiles;
    o 1,114  truckloads of construction materials; and
    o 124 truckloads of inputs for agriculture.

Commercial Traffic to the Gaza Strip

 Humanitarian & civilian activities towards the Gaza Strip-COGAT monthly report Feb 2011

Fuel Transfers in January
                        
Transportation Diesel (UNRWA)  – – –                         225,820
Gasoline (UNRWA)   – – –                                                40,007 
Cooking Gas (tons) – – –                                                    2,275

Exports
Merchandise Truckloads
Flowers                30
Strawberries        27

Goods Delivered to the Gaza Strip by category
Product                        Truckloads
Food Products 
     Milk powder & baby formula 17
     Rice     44
     Wheat     235
     Produce (Fruits and Vegetables)     183
     Meat / Chicken / Fish Products     126
     Dairy Products     102
     Sugar     37
     Legumes     14
     Flour      271
     Cooking Oil     36
     Salt     8
     Mixed/Additional Food Products     463
    Total of Food Products     1,536
Glass, Wood Profiles and Aluminum Profiles 166
Cement 88
Aggregates 837
Iron 23
    Total of Construction Materials     1,114
Inputs for Agriculture 124
Electric Products 105
Clothing & Footwear 87
Animal Feed 246
Hygiene Products 118
Transportation  53
Textile 41
Plumbing and Ceramics  156
Essential Humanitarian Products 664
Medicine and Medical Equipment 27
Mixed Products 159
Total Truckloads      4,430
Total Weight          117,239