Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Israel: Government of Israel statement on humanitarian aid to Gaza after IDF operation

Source: Government of Israel - Since the end of the IDF operation in Gaza (18 Jan 2009), 809,284 tons of aid and 120,428,741 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. After the fuel depot at Nahal Oz was repeatedly attacked by Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip, it was forced to limit its operations. The Kerem Shalom crossing has since been adapted to the transfer of fuel. In addition, a new gas line with double the capacity to transfer gas was built .

Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 28 Feb - 6 Mar 2010

- 533 truckloads (13,919 tons) of humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip.

- 8 truckloads of carnations were exported from the Gaza Strip to Europe.

- 1,308,260 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 832 tons of cooking gas were delivered.

- 190 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical reasons and 70 entered Israel for other humanitarian reasons via the Erez Crossing.

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