IDF Opens Border Crossing for Humanitarian Aid Transfer to Gaza
28 December 2008 , 20:02
Kerem Shalom border crossing
Humanitarian aid transfer via Kerem Shalom crossing, Dec. 28, 2008. Photo: IDF Spokesperson IDF Spokesperson
Rani Sneh

The Kerem Shalom border crossing opened at 10:30 on Sunday (Dec. 28) for humanitarian aid transfers to the Gaza Strip.  The IDF is reinforcing its pledge to care for  the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip during the course of Operation Cast Lead, which started on Saturday (Dec. 27) morning.  23 trucks of humanitarian aid were sent to the Gaza Strip following the request of the Red Cross, the UNRWA, the World Food Programme (WFP), the Health Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority in Ramallah, and private Palestinian merchants.  The transfer was carried out in cooperation of the Israel Cabinet, the IDF and the Coordinator of Government Operations in the Territories.  After six hours, the crossing was closed.

10 trucks, of the 23 trucks of humanitarian aid, contain flour from the WFP, four trucks contain flour from private Palestinian merchants, four trucks contain medicine and medical supplies from the UNRWA, one truck contains medicine and medical supplies from the Red Cross, three trucks contain medical supplies and medicine from the Health Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority in Ramallah, and one truck contains anesthetic gases for hospitals in the Gaza Strip, also from the Health Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority.  The number of trucks and their content was defined according to the requests of the international organizations participating in the process.

The Coordinator of Government Operations in the Territories reports that there were no security issues in the course of the day and that the crossings are expected to continue operating in similar frameworks this week, only the number of trucks is likely to vary.