This month showed a 128% increase in truck volume entering Gaza and a 31.5% increase in the number of patients and escorts who entered Israel for medical purposes. Implementation of approved projects continued.

 Humanitarian & Civilian Activities towards the Gaza Strip-Monthly Report for May 2011

 

Construction materials enter the Gaza Strip (IDF archive photo)

Main Points

  • There was a 128% increase in the volume of truckloads transferred through the crossings compared to last month. 
  • There was a 31.5% increase in the number of patients and accompanying individuals who entered Israel for medical purposes. 
  • International Projects Status: As of today, 130 projects have been approved, of which 20 have been completed and 50 are under implementation. 
  • During the month, coordination and meetings with representatives of the PA took place on a regular basis. 

Security Situation
  Since the beginning of 2011, 338 rockets and mortar shells were lunched at Israeli civilian targets.

Movement and Permits
  3,295 Palestinians exited the Gaza Strip through Erez Crossing.
  Overall, 3,612 permits were issued to Palestinians, allowing them to cross through Erez, including:
o 1,892 permits for medical cases (986 patients and 906 accompanying individuals), enabling them to receive medical treatment in Israel, the West Bank and abroad;
o 44 permits for embassy visa interviews;
o 115 permits for international organizations employees.
o 96 permits for traveling abroad;
  1,238 businessmen exited the Gaza Strip.

Project Implementation
  International Projects Status: Up to today, 130 projects were approved, of which 20 have been completed and 50 are being implemented.
  297 truckloads were delivered for 22 projects under implementation.
  The transfer of inputs for internationally funded projects continues, coordinated by the international organizations.
  
Water and Sewage projects
During the month 178 truckloads of building materials and equipment were delivered for 11 water and sewage projects out of the 28 approved water and sewage projects (4 projects have been completed).

  •  Establishment of a Sewage Drainage Network in Beit Lahia (USAID) – One truckload of equipment was delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a Sewage Drainage Network in Khan Yunis (USAID) – 3 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of water reservoir and pumping station in Al Rahma (USAID)-  2 truckloads of aggregates were delivered. 
  • Establishment of a Sewage Drainage Network in Ma’an (USAID) – 5 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a Sewage Drainage Network in Al Amal (USAID) – 15 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a water network in Khan Yunis (USAID) – One truckload of equipment was delivered this month.
  • Upgrading of pumping station in Beit Lahia (USAID) – One truckload of equipment was delivered this month.
  • Establishment of water reservoir in Tel Sultan (USAID) – 28 truckloads of aggregates were delivered. 
  • The Northern Wastewater Treatment Plant (WTP) – Part B (World Bank) – 2 truckloads of equipment were delivered this month.
  • Upgrading of the WTP in Shiekh Ajlin (KFW) – 60 truckloads of aggregates and other equipment were delivered this month.
  • Water pipelines in Dir El Balah (parts 3 and 5) (UNRWA) – 60 truckloads of aggregates and cement were delivered.

Education projects
During the month 58 truckloads of building materials and equipment were delivered for 5 education projects out of the 41 approved education projects (5 projects have been completed).

  • Establishment of 2 schools in Tel Allwa  (#12) (UNRWA) – 24 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of 2 Schools in Tel Allwa (#13) (UNRWA) –27 truckloads of aggregates, cement and iron were delivered this month.
  • Reconstruction of Boy’s School in Biet Lahiya (UNRWA) – One truckload of equipment was delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a school in Ma’an (UNRWA) – 5 truckloads of cement were delivered this month.
  • Establishment of a school in Fahuri (UNRWA) – One truckload of cement was delivered this month.

Housing projects
During the month 24 truckloads of building materials and equipment were delivered for 3 housing projects out of the 10 approved housing projects (one project was completed).

  • Construction of 223 housing units in Khan Yunis (UNRWA) – 24 truckloads of iron and cement were delivered this month.
  • Construction of 200 housing units in Khan Yunis (UNDP) – 3 truckloads of cement were delivered this month.
  • Construction of 147 housing units in Gaza (UNDP) – 8 truckloads of cement and iron were delivered this month.

Other
During the month 28 truckloads of building materials and equipment were delivered for 3 projects.

  • Upgrading the electric network in Gaza- (UNRWA) – 22 truckloads of aggregates were delivered this month. 
  • Reconstruction of YMCA library (USAID)- One truckload of aggregates was delivered. 
  • Reconstruction of the Arab-Orthodox Society in Gaza (USAID) – 5 truckloads were delivered.  

Humanitarian Infrastructure
  Israel maintained a continuous supply of electricity and water to the Gaza Strip.
  Maintenance equipment was transferred for the electricity network, in accordance with the PA’s requests:
o 5 truckloads of equipment were delivered for the electricity lines.
o 8 truckloads of equipment were delivered for the communication network

Crossings’ Activity  
During the month, 4,942 truckloads were delivered into the Gaza Strip through Kerem Shalom Crossing, including:
o 89 truckloads of clothing and footwear;
o 126 truckloads of electric products;
o 1,840 truckloads of food;
o 26 truckloads of textiles;
o 929  truckloads of construction materials;
o 96 truckloads of inputs for agriculture.

     During the month 580,000 carnation flowers were exported.
     Since the beginning of the season (Nov. 28, 2010), 368 tons of strawberries, 9,767,678 carnation flowers, 6.59 tons of cherry tomatoes and 6 tons of bell peppers have been exported to European markets.
     The transfer of cooking gas and fuel for transportation continued throughout the month, in accordance with the PA’s requests:
o 340,000 liters of diesel fuel for UNRWA were transferred.
o 2748 tons of cooking gas were transferred into the Gaza Strip.
o 73,000 liters of gasoline were transferred for UNRWA.

Exports
4 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip destined for European markets.

Goods Delivered to the Gaza Strip, by category

Product      Truckloads
Food Products 
      Milk Powder and Baby Formula 44
      Rice 65
      Wheat 324
      Produce (Fruits and Vegetables) 225
      Meat / Chicken / Fish Products 113
      Dairy Products 142
      Sugar 18
      Legumes 9
      Flour  376
      Cooking Oil 59
      Salt 25
      Mixed/Additional Food Products 440
     Total of Food Products 1,840
Aggregates 530
Glass, Wood Profiles and Aluminum Profiles 153
Cement 218
Iron 28
Total of Construction Materials 929
Inputs for Agriculture 96
Electric Products 126
Clothing & Footwear 89
Animal Feed 520
Hygiene Products 123
Transportation  72
Textile 26
Plumbing and Ceramics  302
Essential Humanitarian Products 583
Medicine and Medical Equipment 32
Mixed Products 204
Total Truckloads        4,942
Total Weight            127,353