Increased humanitarian aid to Gaza after IDF operation, 9 Jan 2010

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COGAT - Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories, Ministry of Defense

Since the end of the IDF operation in Gaza (18 Jan 2009), 713,475 tons of aid and 107,611,709 liters of fuel have been delivered to the Gaza Strip.

At the Cabinet meeting of 22 March 2009, the Government of Israel instructed the bodies dealing with the matter, to enable the entry - without restriction - of foodstuffs to the residents of Gaza from all relevant sources, after it has been verified that they are indeed foodstuffs, and this in the framework of the humanitarian efforts. The Government directed that the foregoing be scrupulously implemented.

Note: Gas for domestic use (cooking and heating) is supplied according to Palestinian demand and is not subject to any limitation by Israel. However, the fuel depot at Nahal Oz has been forced to limit its operations due to constant security threats. Work is being done to adapt Kerem Shalom crossing to the transfer of fuel. In addition, a new gas line is being built that will double the capacity to transfer gas for domestic use.

In 2009, humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip increased by close to 900 percent compared to the previous year (Col. Moshe Levi, head of the IDF's Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration, Nov. 16, 2009).

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 3-9 Jan. 2010

On January 7, the Kerem Shalom crossing was closed due to terrorist missile attacks.

- 431 truckloads (10,251 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2,011,581 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 424 tons of cooking gas were delivered via the Kerem Shalom crossing. The Nahal Oz fuel depot is closed indefinitely.

- 359 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical reasons and 53 humanitarian cases crossed via the Erez