June Showed a 60% Increase in Aid Transferred from Israel into Gaza Strip via Kerem Shalom Crossing
14 July 2010 , 13:25
Kerem Shalom crossing
June showed a 60% increase in aid transferred from Israel into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom Crossing. Archive Photo: IDF Spokesperson IDF Spokesperson
Following an Israeli Security Cabinet decision, the amount of cargo transferred from Israel into the Gaza Strip has increased. A new joint task force of Palestinian Authority and IDF’s CoGAT has been created.

Arnon Ben Dror

In the month of June, the amount of merchandise transported from Israel into the Gaza Strip increased. This comes after a decision by the Israel Security Cabinet’s June decision to allow more products to be transferred into the Gaza Strip.

Over 3000 trucks have crossed from Israel into the Gaza Strip by way of the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings. Through the Erez crossing, which is intended for the transfer of people, approximately 2,500 Palestinians have entered Israel, which is a 25% increase from previous months.

Israel continues supplying the Gaza Strip with heating gas (approximately 4 million liters transferred during the month of June), cooking gas (4000 tons), and fuel (approximately 600,000 liters). In total, the amount of trucks from Israel which were entered into the Gaza Strip has increased by 12%. 

The equipment that was unloaded from the Turkish flotilla will soon be transported into the Gaza Strip by the United Nations, after having undergone security checks by Israeli security forces.  This comes after Hamas denied entrance and prevented the equipment from entering the Gaza Strip until now.

In addition, a joint task force has been established by the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT) and the Palestinian Authority, which will work on advancing coordinated projects to be supervised by the international community.  This task force is also working to find ways to increase the capacity of goods being transferred every day though the crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

CoGAT publishes monthly reports on humanitarian and civillian activities coordinated by Israeli authorities, and June's report can be seen below.

Gaza Strip Civilian Activities and Humanitarian Aid Report - June 2010

To see the full list of goods permitted into the Gaza Strip, click here