New Government policy brings more goods to Gaza

 

Trucks bringing goods to Kerem Shalom (Photo: IDF)

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Despite the fact that the Gaza Strip is controlled by Hamas, an organization that has fired at least 10,000 rockets at Israel and has declared its intention to eliminate the Jewish State, Israel facilitates the entry of necessary goods into the Gaza Strip for the benefit of the civilian population.

 At the Security Cabinet meeting on 17 June 2010, the Government outlined its new policy towards the Gaza Strip. It was agreed to:

  • Liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza.
  • Expand the inflow of materials for civilian projects that are under international supervision.
  • Continue existing security procedures to prevent the inflow of weapons and war materiel

According to the new policy, whatever is NOT on the restricted list will be allowed into the Gaza Strip. The only goods that are currently restricted are arms, weapons and various war materiel, and certain items that have military as well as civilian applications. Because of the problematic nature of these dual-use materials, construction materials are currently allowed in only for PA-approved projects that are under the supervision of international bodies.

The amount and variety of goods to enter Gaza every day has increased (truck volume in June increased by 12%). Work is being done to increase the capacity of the existing land crossings and, if necessary, additional crossings will be built (Kerem Shalom’s capacity has been increased by 210% – 250 trucks can be handled a day; previously the average was 80-90). Efforts are being made to streamline the process of approving the entry and exit of people for medical and other reasons and the passage of employees of recognized international organizations.

Essential food products including meat, chicken and fish, grains and legumes, fresh vegetables, dairy products, oil, flour, salt and sugar, in addition  to animal feed, hygiene products, clothing, school supplies, medicines and medical supplies have always been among the goods that are regularly delivered to Gaza. A wide variety of commodities have been added: spices, cakes and candies, toys, cosmetic products, housewares and other items according to the demands of the vendors and the customers. More construction materials are also being delivered.

As of the second week in January 2011, the Palestinian Authority stopped ordering heavy diesel fuel for the power station. Heavy-duty diesel is now delivered directly from Egypt.

Between 18-27 August, terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched 172 rockets and mortars at the civilian population in Israel. Despite this, commercial goods have continued to be delivered to the Gaza Strip via the land crossings.

Between 25 August and 4 September, Kerem Shalom crossing was closed for the Eid El-Fitr holiday, at the request of the Palestinians.

Gaza crossings

 New Government policy brings more goods to Gaza

Summary of Gaza crossings – Jan 8-14, 2012

Trucks: 948
Supplies (tons): 25,136
Medical Evacuations: 459
Fuel: None – Heavy-duty diesel is now delivered directly from Egypt
Cooking Gas (tons): 385
Exports: 19 truckloads (56 tons)

Summary of Gaza crossings – Nov 1-15, 2011

Trucks: 2,269
Supplies (tons): 58,446.5
Medical Evacuations: 467
Fuel: None – Heavy-duty diesel is now delivered directly from Egypt
Cooking Gas (tons): 1,167
Exports: None


Summary of Gaza crossings – October 2011

Trucks: 3,875
Supplies (tons): 107,215
Medical Evacuations: 1,022
Fuel: None – Heavy-duty diesel is now delivered directly from Egypt
Cooking Gas (tons): 2,214
Exports: None

* Note: Both the Erez and Kerem Shalom Crossings experienced extended closures during the month of October due to the Jewish and Muslim holidays.

Humanitarian & Civilian Activities towards Gaza Strip – monthly report September 2011


Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 21-27 Aug 2011
– 863 truckloads (19,920 tons) of goods (less than usual, due to the Ramadan holiday), including 130 truckloads of construction materials and 15 truckloads of medicines and medical equipment, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
–  603 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 284 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 14-20 Aug 2011
– 1315 truckloads (34,657 tons) of goods, including 471 truckloads of construction materials and 8 truckloads of medicines and medical equipment, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
–  675 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 283 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 7-13 Aug 2011
– 1285 truckloads (34,657 tons) of goods, including 406 truckloads of construction materials and 6 truckloads of medicines and medical equipment, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
–  831 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 276 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 31 Jul – 6 Aug 2011
27.5% increase in the number of truckloads delivered to the Gaza Strip
– 1389 truckloads (37,579 tons) of goods, including 476 truckloads of construction materials and 13 truckloads of medicines and medical equipment, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
–  904 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 284 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 24-30 July2011
– 1090 truckloads (28,045 tons) of goods, including 206 truckloads of construction materials and 5 truckloads of medicines and medical equipment, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
–  755 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 353 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 17-23 July2011
– 1216 truckloads (32,594 tons) of goods, including 366 truckloads of construction materials and 8 truckloads of medicines and medical equipment, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
–  738 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 382 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 10-16July 2011
– 1264 truckloads (32,827 tons) of goods, including 356  truckloads of construction materials and 9 truckloads of medicines and medical equipment, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
–  715 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 353 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.
– 14 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israeli civilian targets.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 3-9July 2011
– 1108 truckloads (27,132 tons) of goods, including 239  truckloads of construction materials and 4 truckloads of medicines and medical equipment, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
— 802 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 428 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 26-30 June2011
– 1111 truckloads (27,933 tons) of goods, including 252 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
— 796 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 361 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 19-25June 2011
– 1236 truckloads (29,556 tons) of goods, including 239 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
— 783 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 342 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 12-17 June 2011
– 1163 truckloads (29,666 tons) of goods, including 278 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
— 586 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 343 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 29 May – 2 June 2011
– 1240 truckloads (31,801 tons) of goods, including 323 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
— 513 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 222,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation and 35,000 liters of gasoline were delivered.
– 358 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 22-27 May 2011
– 1248 truckloads (34,012 tons) of goods, including 340 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 1 truckload of flowers was exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 826 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 434 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 15-20 May 2011
– 1331 truckloads (36,127 tons) of goods, including 300 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 1 truckload of flowers was exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 826 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 373 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 24-30 April 2011
On April 25, there was no activity due to the Passover holiday.
– 846 truckloads (20,026 tons) of goods, including 72 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 1 truckload of flowers was exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 684 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 275 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 27-31 Mar 2011
– 1183 truckloads (33,939 tons) of goods, including 312  truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 3 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 1024 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 356 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 20-26 Mar 2011
– 1409 truckloads (42,820 tons) of goods, including 425 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 8 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 823 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 374 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 13-19 Mar 2011
After repeated attacks on the Karni Crossing from the direction of Gaza, the crossing was closed and Sufa Crossing was reopened to take its place for delivering aggregates.

– 1572 truckloads (45,211 tons) of goods, including 474 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 6 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 151,007 liters of diesel fuel and 38,000 liters of gasoline and 1039 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 395 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 27 Feb-4 Mar 2011
– 1064 truckloads (26,898 tons) of goods, including 203 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 7 truckloads of flowers and 2 truckloads of cherry tomatoes were exported from the Gaza Strip.
 914 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 388 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 20-26 Feb 2011
– 1113 truckloads (25,456 tons) of goods, including 266 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 7 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
 691 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 401 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 13-18 Feb 2011
– 1087 truckloads (28,788 tons) of goods, including 295 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 4 truckloads of strawberries, and 6 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
 576 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 385 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 6-12 Feb 2011
– 965 truckloads (23,534 tons) of goods, including 174 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 14 truckloads of strawberries, and 8 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 40,007 liters of gasoline and 127,810 liters of diesel fuel for transportation were transferred to the Gaza Strip. 
– 293 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 261 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 30 Jan – 5 Feb 2011
– 1103 truckloads (32,663 tons) of goods, including 236 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 17 truckloads of strawberries, and 7 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 45,000 liters of gasoline and 35,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation were transferred to the Gaza Strip. 
– 619 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 300 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 23-28 Jan 2011
– 1044 truckloads (27,705 tons) of goods, including 37 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 15 truckloads of strawberries, 1 truckload of bell peppers and 8 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 39,400 liters of gasoline and 251,795 liters of diesel fuel for transportation were transferred to the Gaza Strip. 
– 422 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 296 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 9-15 Jan 2011
– 950 truckloads (23,793 tons) of goods, including 292 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 19 truckloads of strawberries and 7 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– Heavy diesel fuel for the power plant was delivered via Egypt and not via Israel.
– 756 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 294 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 2-8 Jan 2011
– 933 truckloads (22,403 tons) of goods, including 31 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 25 truckloads of strawberries and 4 truckloads of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 719,967 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 698 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 290 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 26-31 Dec. 2010
– 1051 truckloads (25,026 tons) of goods, including 37 truckloads of construction materials, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 30 truckloads of strawberries, 3 of flowers, and 1 of bell peppers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 804,956 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 621 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 298 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 19-25 Dec. 2010
– 1047 truckloads (24,381 tons) of goods, including 81 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip.
– 26 truckloads, mostly strawberries and also some flowers, were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 853,526 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 544 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 280 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 12-18 Dec. 2010
 910 truckloads (22,167 tons) of goods, including 180 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip (Kerem Shalom was closed early on Sunday due to the weather).
– 6 truckloads of strawberries and flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 909,664 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 135,020 liters of diesel for transportation, and 457 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 263 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings 5-10 December 2010
– 922 truckloads (21,756 tons) of goods, including 50 truckloads of construction materials, were delivered to the Gaza Strip (Karni was closed part of the day Monday, due to shooting at an IDF force there).
-18 truckloads of strawberries and flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 1,619,986 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 688 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 324 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 28 Nov – 3 Dec 2010
 1083 truckloads (26,167 tons) of goods, including 196 truckloads of construction materials, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 4 truckloads of strawberries and flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip.
– 1,229,943 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 29,241 liters of diesel for transportation, 47,750 liters of gasoline, and 547 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 303 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 21-27 Nov. 2010
 1040 truckloads (25,303 tons) of goods, including 176 truckloads of construction materials, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 1,165,438 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 36,500 liters of gasoline, and 546 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 293 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 14-20 Nov. 2010
 561 truckloads (15,320 tons) of goods, including 120 truckloads of construction materials, were transferred to the Gaza Strip. There was less activity than usual this week due to the Eid el-Adha holiday.
– 1,236,904 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 43,000 liters of gasoline, and 452 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 164 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 7-13 Nov. 2010
 1105 truckloads (25,108 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 1,757,891 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 34,500 liters of gasoline, and 678 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 315 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 31 Oct – 6 Nov 2010
 970 truckloads (21,042 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 1,342,534 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station,  and 339 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 202 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 24-30 Oct. 2010
 1017 truckloads (22,742 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 1,995,511 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 100,000 liters of gasoline for UNRWA, and 691 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 344 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 17-23 Oct. 2010
 1083 truckloads (23,036 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 1,876,878 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station,  and 825 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 243 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 10-16 Oct. 2010
 991 truckloads (18,232 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip. (Due to technical difficulties, 73% less goods than usual were transferred via Karni crossing.)
– 1,710,573 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 270,005 liters of diesel fuel and 29,499 liters of gasoline for UNRWA,  and 800 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 284 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 3-9 Oct. 2010
 1005 truckloads (22,022 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 2,193,559 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 49,000 liters of gasoline, and 853 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 366 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

3-wk. summary of the Gaza crossings: 12Sep-1 Oct.2010 (including Yom Kippur and the week-long Succot festival)
 2166  truckloads (46,689 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip. In addition to food and clothing, construction materials continue to arrive.
– 5,173,598 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 2055 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 649 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 5-11 Sept.2010 (including the 2-day Jewish New Year festival)
 823 truckloads (18,968 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip. These included building materials: Ceramics, iron, aluminum, wood, and plumbing.
– 1,898,029 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 585 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 178 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 29Aug-4Sept. 2010
 1080 truckloads (24,711 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 1,004,483 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 250,750 liters of diesel fuel for transportation (UNRWA), and 656 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 311 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 22-28 August 2010
 1074 truckloads (24,288) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 1,697,598 liters of heavy-duty diesel fuel for the Gaza power station, and 743 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 246 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 15-21 August 2010
 1,055 truckloads (22,849) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 951,251 liters of heavy-duty diesel fuel for the Gaza power station, and 741 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 255 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 8-14 August 2010
 1134 truckloads (25,741 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 1,123,475 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 211,999 liters of diesel fuel and 44,750 liters of gasoline for transportation (UNRWA), and 880 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 310 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 1-5 August 2010
 1166 truckloads (23,297 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 806,006 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 34,999 liters of gasoline for transportation, and 667 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 324 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.

Monthly summary: July 2010

 Following the Cabinet’s decision to expand civilian activities in the Gaza Strip, the capacity of the Kerem Shalom crossing was increased; 31 new projects were approved, of which 17 are USAID projects; a joint COGAT-PA team was established in order to promote projects that are funded and supervised by the international community.

  During the month there was an increase of 19% in the volume of truckloads entering the Gaza strip. Overall, 3,665 truckloads entered the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Karni conveyor. 
   
 – 4,140,046 liters of Heavy Duty Diesel, 3,230 tons of Cooking Gas, 76,438 liters of Gasoline and 345,646 of Diesel fuel were transferred to the Gaza Strip. 

 – During July the equipment from the Libyan flotilla was transferred into Gaza (73 truckloads). Also, the transfer of equipment and items from the Turkish flotilla continued (88 truckloads).
  
 – 2,338 Palestinians entered Israel, the West Bank and abroad, including 161 Palestinian businessmen, and 924 international staff members entered/exited the Gaza Strip.  

 During July, several high-ranking members of the international community visited the Gaza strip, among them the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mrs. Catherine Ashton, and 62 other diplomatic delegations.

Projects implementation
 The transfer of equipment for approved projects in the Gaza strip has continued:
The rehabilitation of Al- Quds hospital (AFD); 151 housing units in Khan Unis (UNRWA); Greenhouses (USAID); Agricultural Family Plots (USAID).

Humanitarian Infrastructure
 – During the month the supply of electricity and water from Israel was maintained.
 – In July, 4,140,046 liters of diesel fuel for the power plant were transferred according to PA’s requests (increase of 19.6% in comparison to June);3,230 tons of cooking gas; 76,438 liters of gasoline and 345,646 liters of diesel fuel for transportation were transferred into the Gaza strip.
-Two truckloads of equipment for the water authority were delivered as requested by the PWA. 14 truckloads of equipment and spare parts were delivered to the Palestinian Energy Authority.

Movements and Permits
2,338 Palestinians exited the Gaza Strip through Erez crossing.
Overall 2,457 permits were issued for Palestinians to cross through Erez:
o 1,509 permits for 764 patients and 745 companions, to receive medical treatment in Israel, the West Bank and abroad.
o 8 permits were issued for embassy visa interviews.
o 3 permits were issued for the attendance of medical seminars.
o 178 permits were issued to travel abroad.
  161 businessmen (BMC holders) exited the Gaza Strip.

 

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 25-31 July 2010
 874 truckloads (19,435 tons) of goods, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 984,140 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 753 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 299 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing. 

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 18-22 July 2010
– 995 truckloads (22,526 tons) of goods, including 27 trucks carrying 797 heads of cattle, and furniture were delivered to the Gaza Strip. This also includes 5 truckloads of goods from the Turkish flotilla and 73 truckloads of food from the Libyan ship (that arrived via Egypt). 
– Thirty-five trucks delivered 1400 tons of aggregates to the Palestinian side of Kerem Shalom for construction work being done there to expand the capacity of the crossing.
– 827,251 liters of heavy diesel fuel for the Gaza power station, 95,000 liters of gasoline for transportation,  and 761 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 358 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing. 

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 11-17 July 2010
– 928 truckloads (20,739 tons) of goods, including 40 trucks of cattle, were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
– 1,175,333 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 250,646 liters of diesel fuel and 76,438 liters of gasoline for transportation, 275,544 liters of diesel fuel for heating  and 948 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 326 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing. 

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 4-10 July 2010
– 769 truckloads (16,051 tons) of goods were transferred to the Gaza Strip. Among the goods were mattresses, paint, and electrical appliances – washing machines, ovens and refrigeraters.
– 892,403 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station  and 935 tons of cooking gas were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 372 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing. 

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 27June-3July 2010
– 797 truckloads (17,850 tons) of goods were transferred to the Gaza Strip. Among the goods were school supplies, cosmetics, toys, housewares, and aluminum, glass and wood for construction projects.
– 906,973 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station  and 931 tons of cooking gas, in addition to 84,000 liters of gasoline, were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 337 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing. 

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 20-26 June 2010
– 652 truckloads (14,110 tons) of goods were transferred to the Gaza Strip. Among the goods were school supplies, candy, toys, blankets, curtains, towels, and glass and wood for construction projects.
– 591,807 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station  and 984 tons of cooking gas, in addition to 36,000 liters of gasoline for UNRWA, were delivered via Kerem Shalom crossing.
– 276 Gaza residents (patients and their companions) entered Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.