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OPT: Increased humanitarian aid to Gaza after IDF operation, 04 Dec 2009

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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), about 654,987 tons of aid and over 98,426,660 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.

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

Since the beginning of 2009, the IDF has allowed over 4,000 Palestinians from Gaza, together with 3,600 escorts, to enter Israel (or via Israel to the West Bank) for medical treatment.The IDF has also issued over 18,500 permits for Palestinians to leave Gaza and enter Israel or travel overseas (statistics as of November 16, 2009).

The IDF permitted the transfer of building materials to the Gaza Strip to facilitate the construction of a covered corridor (which opened the first week of November) to shelter Palestinians walking from the outskirts of Gaza City to the Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 29 Nov-5 Dec 2009

- 405 truckloads (9096 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2,220,054 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 493 tons of cooking gas were delivered via the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 191 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical reasons and 40 humanitarian cases crossed via the Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 22-28 Nov. 2009

- 691 truckloads (15,960 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2,656,230 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 354 tons of cooking gas were delivered via the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 276 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical reasons and 143 humanitarian cases crossed via the Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 15-21 Nov. 2009

- 609 truckloads (14,248 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.019 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 400,000 liters of diesel fuel for UNRWA, 40,000 liters of gasoline (also for UNRWA) and 316 tons of cooking gas were delivered via the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- More than 264 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical reasons via the Erez Crossing (this does not include November 17, when no data was received due to technical reasons).

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 8-14 November 2009

- 673 truckloads (16,533 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2,831,850 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 123,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation, and 30,000 liters of gasoline were delivered via the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 262 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and 100 for humanitarian reasons via the Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 1-7 November 2009

- 586 truckloads (13,719 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 1,505,020 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 390 tons of cooking gas for domestic use were delivered via the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 290 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and 82 for humanitarian reasons via the Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 25-31 October 2009

- 629 truckloads (15,014 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2,247,000 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 579 tons of cooking gas for domestic use were delivered via the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 339 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and 145 for humanitarian reasons via the Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 18-24 October 2009

- 444 truckloads (9,610 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 1,520,000 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 475 tons of gas for domestic use, and 36,500 liters of gasoline were delivered via the Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 317 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and 87 for humanitarian reasons via the Erez Crossing.

In addition, work is progressing on the building of the Northern Wastewater Treatment Plant, aimed at alleviating the status in the Beit Lahia sewage pond, for which materials were transfered to the Palestinian Water Authority.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 11-17 October 2009

- 442 truckloads (9,168 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2,229,410 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 500 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via the Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 342 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and 62 for humanitarian reasons via the Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 4-10 October 2009

- 577 truckloads (14,433 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- The Nahal Oz fuel depot was closed due to the Succot holiday.

- 208 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via the Erez Crossing.

Summary for the month of September 2009:

- 2,145 truckloads (53,266 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt. In September, as in the previous month of August, 87% of the goods belonged to the private sector and 13% to the international organizations.

- 10,770,096 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 2,787 tons of gas for domestic use; 300,000 liters of diesel for transportation and 30,000 liters of gasoline (UNRWA) were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 788 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and 317 for humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing; 134 people crossed from Israel into the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons.

- Construction work was carried out on the Palestinian side of the Erez Crossing and an electricity malfunction was repaired on the Palestinian side of the Nahal Oz Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 20-26 Sept. 2009

- 304 truckloads (8,084 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2,210,016 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 612 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 172 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 13-19 Sept. 2009

- 589 truckloads (14,079 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.176 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 550 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 310 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 6-12 Sept. 2009

- 584 truckloads (14,951 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.908 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 800 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 324 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 30 August - 5 Sept. 2009

- 563 truckloads (14,562 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.179 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 775 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 245 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 23-29 August 2009

- 516 truckloads (11,809 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.202 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 675 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 325 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 16-22 August 2009

- 608 truckloads (15,669 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.206 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 900 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 332 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 9-15 August 2009

- 529 truckloads (13,068 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.375 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 1050 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 398 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 2-8 August 2009

- 463 truckloads (10,455 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.116 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 200,000 liters of fuel for transportation, 75,000 liters of gasoline, and 925 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot. In addition, 300,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation and 30,000 liters of gasoline were transferred to UNRWA.

- 224 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 26 July - 1 August 2009

- 469 truckloads (11,178 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.225 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 20,000 liters of fuel for transportation, 40,000 liters of gasoline, and 1050 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 329 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 19-25 July 2009

- 417 truckloads (9342 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt. On 24 July, the terminal at Kerem Shalom was closed due to lack of demand for goods.

- 2.109 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 1075 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot. On 23 July, no fuel was delivered because the power station had already received its fuel quota.

- 343 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 12-17 July 2009

- 470 truckloads (9839 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.077 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 250,000 liters of fuel for transportation, 20,000 liters of gasoline, and 1136 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 347 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 5-10 July 2009

- 422 truckloads (9592 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt (on 10 July, Kerem Shalom was closed due to the fact that no request was received from the Palestinians).

- 2.192 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 1275 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 214 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and 180 for humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 28 June - 4 July 2009

- 550 truckloads (12.435 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt. One truckload of export goods left the Gaza Strip.

- 2.287 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, 300,000 liters for transportation, 30,000 liters of gasoline, and 925 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 275 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 21-26 June 2009

- 436 truckloads (9866 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 2.185 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 600 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 182 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 14-19 June 2009

- 674 truckloads (16,323 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt. In addition to food, medicine and hygiene products, the following were delivered under the auspices of international organizations such as UNRWA: games, basketballs and balloons, trampolines and swimming pools, generators, air-conditioning accessories, clothing, shoes and hats, chairs, mattresses and styrofoam cups; and raw materials for paper production.

- 1.780 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 680 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 226 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 7-13 June 2009

- 431 truckloads (10,756 tons) of food, medicines, hygiene products, tools and raw materials for essential infrastructures, blankets and mattresses, and grains - wheat, barley, corn, chickpeas, soy beans, carob, sesame seeds, and animal feed - were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- The Kerem Shalom terminal was closed June 9-11 for construction work on the new fuel pipeline from Israel to the Gaza Strip.

- 1.699 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 475 tons of gas for domestic use were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 305 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.

31 May-3 June 2009

- 392 truckloads (10,216 tons) of food, medicines, hygiene products, tools and raw materials, toys, blankets, paper, crayons and coloring books, clothing and shoes were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal and the Karni conveyor belt.

- 1.710 million liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 1,015 tons of gas for domestic use, 30,000 liters of gasoline, and 300,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation were delivered via Nahal Oz fuel depot.

- 149 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons via Erez Crossing.