Humanitarian assistance to Gaza during the period of calm (June 19-Dec 18, 2008)
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Humanitarian assistance to Gaza during the period of calm (June 19-Dec 18, 2008)

12/26/2008

Ministry of Defense
Unit of Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT)


 
Israel continues to supply Gaza with fuel: tanker at Nahal Oz depot (Photo: COGAT)

The Unit for Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories reports daily on the general humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The data for the supplies transferred from Israel to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom, Karni and Sufa crossings are based on the reports of Palestinian merchants.

Map of the Gaza passages

Humanitarian aid includes food, medicines and medical equipment, tools and materials for esssential humanitarian infrastructures, and a certain amount of diesel fuel. Cement, sand, gravel and steel are not considered to be humanitarian aid.

Via the conveyor at the Karni Crossing,  grains such as wheat, barley, soy beans, corn, sesame seeds and animal feed are transferred. Between July and November 2008, cement and aggregate were also delivered on a regular basis.

Via the Kerem Shalom and/or Sufa Crossing, the following supplies are transferred by truck: food, including: milk powder and baby food, rice and legumes, fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken and fish, dairy products, flour and yeast, oil, salt and sugar; hygiene products; tools and raw materials for essential infrastructures; medicines and medical equipment; and a myriad of other items - ranging from school books to wheel chairs - needed by the civilian population.

Note: The Kerem Shalom Crossing, the main crossing point for humanitarian goods since June 2007, was closed after it was attacked by  terrorists on 19 April 2008. It reopened on August 18, after extensive repairs were completed.

Via the Nahal Oz fuel depot, diesel fuel for transportation and for the local Gaza power station, petrol, and gas for cooking and heating are transferred from Israel to the Gaza Strip, according to an assessment of civilian needs mandated by the Israeli court (weekly supply, updated on 13 July 2008: petrol - 120,000 liters; diesel fuel for transportation - 1,200,000 liters; diesel fuel for power station - 2,900,000 liters;  cooking and heating gas according to demand).

Note: Israel continues to supply electricity to the Gaza Strip; the Gazan power plant produces only 26% of the Strip's electricity .

Two-way traffic at the Erez Crossing of international organizations' staff, Gaza residents seeking medical treatment together with the people accompanying them ("medical evacuations"), and Palestinian civilians  has been permitted for humanitarian reasons since 18 January 2007 and occurs daily.

The crossings are usually closed on Fridays and Saturdays (the Sabbath) and on Jewish holidays.

On June 19, an understanding to establish a "state of calm" in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli territory adjacent to it went into effect. Subsequently, the amount of merchandise reaching the Gaza Strip via the Israeli crossings increased by about 50%. The fuel terminal at the Nahal Oz crossing also returned to its previous capacity.

The opening of the crossings and the amounts of goods allowed to pass through them is conditional on Palestinian adherence to the calm agreement.

Since November 6, the commercial crossings have been mostly closed, due to the barrage of rockets and mortar bombs (approximately 230)  that Hamas and other terrorist organizations have launched at Israel.

However, Erez crossing has continued to be open to international and medical traffic.

Details of the passage of humanitarian aid from Israel into the Gaza Strip:

Week of Dec. 21-26
Kerem Shalom: 63 trucks delivered1496 tons of goods - flour, oil, sugar, rice, salt, milk powder, hatching eggs and medicines.
Erez crossing: 145 people (patients and their escorts) crossed into Israel for medical treatment

Week of Dec. 14-18
On Sunday, Dec. 14, the crossings were closed (with the exception of Erez). On Dec. 15 and 16, the crossings were open (see below) until rocket fire began, resulting in closing all of the crossings except for Erez. Rocket fire continued and the crossings were still closed on Dec. 17.

Karni crossing: 58 trucks with 2134 tons of grains.
Kerem Shalom: 78 trucks with 1784 tons of goods
Nahal Oz depot: 642,200 liters of heavy diesel fuel for the power station; 174 tons of cooking and heating gas
Erez crossing: 60 people (patients and companions)

Week of Dec. 7-13, 2008
After a quiet day without rocket launchings, the Defense Minister gave permission to open the crossings (Dec. 9 & 10).
Erez crossing: (open every day to patients and to international humanitarian traffic) 142 medical evacuations
Kerem Shalom: 189 trucks, 2317 tons of goods on Dec. 9-10 and 1340 tons on Dec. 12: food, tools and raw materials, agricultural equipment and medicines.
Karni: 117 trucks, 2664 tons of grains and animal feed on Dec. 9-10 and an undisclosed amount on Dec. 11.
Nahal Oz: 865,900 liters of heavy diesel fuel for the power station, 379 tons of cooking and heating gas. In addition, special fuel supplies were transferred specifically for UNRWA: 299,000 liters of heavy diesel fuel, 101,000 liters of fuel for transportation, and 50,000 liters of gasoline.

Week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 6
Erez crossing: 250 medical evacuations
The rest of the crossings were closed due to continued attacks on them and the firing of rockets and mortar bombs at Israel, except on December 4:
Kerem Shalom: 35 trucks
Karni: 32 trucks
Nahal Oz: 440,000 liters of diesel fuel for the power station

On December 5, the Palestinian Energy Ministry shut down the power station, claiming that they have fuel reserves for only two days and continuing to operate the station will cause malfunctions in the turbines.

December 3, 2008
Erez crossing: 94 medical evacuations.
The rest of the crossings were closed.

December 2, 2008
Erez crossing: 47 medical evacuations
The rest of the crossings were closed.

November 30, 2008
Erez crossing: 44 medical evacuations (patients with their companions)
The rest of the crossings were closed. 
Week of November 23-29
Erez crossing:  187 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel for medical treatment. .

November 26, 2008
Karni: 20 trucks transferred goods - no details were available.
Kerem Shalom: 39 trucks with 865 tons of milk powder and baby food, rice, meat and dairy products, sugar, flour, yeast, oil, and medications
Nahal Oz: 130 tons of cooking and heating gas; 437,420 liters of heavy diesel fuel for the power station

November 24, 2008
Karni: 20 trucks
Kerem Shalom: 29 trucks with 661 tons of milk powder and baby food, rice, dairy products, flour, yeast and oil.
Nahal Oz: 440,400 liters of heavy diesel fuel for the power station

Week of November 16-21
Erez crossing: 155 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel for medical treatment.

Nov. 17: 33 trucks carrying 606 tons of milk powder and baby food (70 tons), meat and dairy products, flour, yeast, oil and other foods, as well as medications (7 tons), were allowed to transfer their goods at the Kerem Shalom crossing, despite the rockets that are launched almost daily at Israel.

Week of November 9-15
The commercial crossings were closed.
Erez crossing: 182 patients and their escorts crossed from the Gaza Strip into Israel for medical treatment.
A limited amount of diesel fuel, 651,210 liters, was allowed into Gaza for the power station only.

November 2-4, 2008
421 trucks
12,160 tons of goods, including 230 tons of cement
Nahal Oz: 425 tons of cooking and heating gas; at least 124,410 liters of gasoline and 262,400 liters of diesel fuel (no details available for Nov. 3-4)
Erez: 148 medical evacuations

The week of October 26-29, 2008
Karni and Kerem Shalom crossings: 580 trucks unloaded 15,200 tons of goods including 1154 tons of cement, and the rest humanitarian aid such as food, medicines, clothing, agricultural equipment, and other essential supplies.
Erez crossing: 132 patients and escorts crossed into Israel for medical treatment.
 
Fuel (Nahal Oz crossing):
Athough the crossing was open every day, the only day data was available was October 26:
168,070 liters of gasoline
627,800 liters of diesel fuel for transportation
1,261,410 liters of heavy diesel fuel for the power station
310 tons of cooking and heating gas

The week of October 19-24, 2008
The festival of Succos, which began on October 14, culminated in the holiday of Shmini Atzeret-Simhat Torah on October 21.

275 trucks unloaded 6968 tons of goods at Sufa, Karni and Kerem Shalom crossings, including 962 tons of cement, and the rest humanitarian aid such as food, medicines, agricultural equipment, and other essential supplies.
Erez crossing: 40 patients and escorts crossed into Israel for medical treatment.

Fuel (Nahal Oz crossing): 
 690,240 liters of diesel fuel for transportation
 1,325,640 liters of heavy diesel fuel for the power station
 678 tons of cooking and heating gas

The week of October 12-17:
On October 14, there was no transfer of goods or fuel due to the Jewish holiday of Succos (Tabernacles).
310 trucks carrying 7331 tons of humanitarian goods (including 96 tons of cement) transferred goods to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings.

Nahal Oz fuel depot, weekly totals:
106,000 liters gasoline
83,000 liters diesel fuel for transportation
2,520,270 liters of heavy diesel fuel for the power station
635 tons of cooking and heating gas.

Erez crossing: 45 medical evacuations (patients and their escorts)
Sufa crossing was closed.

The week of September 7-12, 2008
299 trucks unloaded goods at Sufa crossing.
390 trucks unloaded goods at Karni crossing.
Over 19,655 tons of goods were delivered to the Gaza Strip, including about 2442 tons of cement, and the rest humanitarian aid such as food, medicines, agricultural equipment, and school supplies.
Erez crossing: 97 patients and escorts crossed into Israel for medical treatment.

Fuel (Nahal Oz):
121,000 liters of gasoline
1,199,920 liters of diesel fuel for transportation
2,509,610 liters of heavy diesel fuel for the power station
1,228 tons of cooking gas

September 5, 2008 (Friday)
Erez: 16 medical evacuations
The rest of the crossings were closed.

September 3, 2008
A total of 9,760 tons of humanitarian aid were delivered to the Gaza Strip via the Sufa and Karni crossings.
Sufa: 81 trucks
Karni: 194 trucks (48 with building supplies)
Nahal Oz: 835,000 liters of fuel and 241 tons of gas
Erez: 36 medical evacuations

September 2, 2008
A total of 3903 tons of humanitarian aid, including school supplies, computers and fertilizer, were delivered to the Gaza Strip via the Sufa and Karni crossings.
Sufa: 52 trucks
Karni: 99 trucks
Nahal Oz: 653,000 liters of fuel and 180 tons of gas
Erez: 23 medical evacuations

September 1, 2008
A total of 5,254 tons of humanitarian aid, including school supplies, were delivered to the Gaza Strip via the Sufa and Karni crossings.
Sufa: 92 trucks
Karni: 95 trucks
Nahal Oz: 737,000 liters of fuel and 240 tons of gas
Erez: 25 medical evacuations
Kerem Shalom crossing is closed due to construction work on the Palestinian side.

August 31, 2008:
A total of 1078 tons (65 truckloads) of humanitarian aid (food, medicines, and raw materials for essential infrastructures) were delivered to the Gaza Strip via the Sufa crossing.

Nahal Oz: 1,595,000 liters of fuel and 376 tons of cooking gas
Erez crossing: 28 medical evacuations.
Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings were closed.

August 29, 2008:
A total of 1471 tons (72 truckloads) of humanitarian aid were delivered to the Gaza Strip via the Sufa crossing.

Nahal Oz: 1,080,000 liters of fuel and 242 tons of cooking gas
Erez crossing: 6 medical evacuations.
Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings were closed.

August 27, 2008:
Twenty-six people - patients and their escorts - crossed into Israel via the Erez crossing for medical treatment.

The rest of the crossings were closed on August  26-28 by order of the Minister of Defense due to the launching of two rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip on August 25.

August 26, 2008
Thirty-six people - patients and their escorts - crossed into Israel via the Erez crossing for medical treatment.
The rest of the crossings were closed.

August 25, 2008:
A total of 5771 tons of goods were delivered at the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings. Among the goods were fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products, flour, yeast, oil, sugar, legumes and other food products, tools and materials for essential infrastructures, medicines and medical equipment, agricultural equipment, and cement.

Karni: 120 trucks
Kerem Shalom: 92 trucks
Nahal Oz: 1,058,000 liters of fuel and 337 tons of gas
Erez: 34 medical evacuations
Sufa crossing was closed.

August 22, 2008:
Sufa: 40 trucks
Kerem Shalom: 50 trucks
Total: 1665 tons
Karni crossing was closed.
Nahal Oz: 335,000 liters of fuel and 182 tons of gas
Erez: 2 medical evacuations

August 20, 2008:
Erez crossing: 55 medical evacuations
The rest of the crossings were closed, due to a rocket launched towards Israel.

August 18, 2008:
1891 tons of goods, including greenhouse equipment, were delivered to the Gaza Strip via the crossings:
Sufa: 90 trucks plus one truck of cement
Kerem Shalom: 25 trucks
Karni: 185 trucks
Nahal Oz: 1,045,000 liters of fuel and 172 tons of gas
Erez: 102 medical evacuations

August 17, 2008:
Sufa: 90 trucks, 1844 tons
Nahal Oz: 866,000 liters of fuel and 172 tons of gas
Erez: 38 medical evacuations
Karni crossing was closed.

August 13, 2008:
4916 tons of goods were delivered at Sufa and Karni crossings:
Sufa crossing: 83 truckloads
Karni crossing: 92 truckloads
Nahal Oz: 904,000 liters of diesel fuel, 180 tons of gas
Erez crossing: 44 medical evacuations

August 12, 2008
Erez crossing: 42 medical evacuations
The rest of the crossings were closed

August 11, 2008
Sufa crossing: 79 trucks, 1527 tons of food and building supplies
Karni crossing: 8289 tons of wheat and cement
Nahal Oz: 942,000 liters of diesel fuel, 180 tons of gas
Medical evacuations: 44

August 10, 2008
Sufa crossing: 42 trucks, 709 tons
Nahal Oz: 759,000 liters of diesel fuel, 229 tons of gas
Erez: 38 patients and their escorts
Karni crossing was closed.

3-8 August 2008
Fuel via the Nahal Oz depot:
petrol (gasoline): 121,030 liters
diesel fuel for transportation: 1,227,950 liters
diesel fuel for power stations: 2,912,600 liters
cooking/heating gas: 549 tons

August 8, 2008 (Friday)
Sufa crossing: 703 tons (48 trucks) of meat/chicken/fish and agricultural supplies (seeds) were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
The other crossings were closed.

August 6, 2008
A total of 3,739 tons of food and building materials were transferred via Sufa (84 trucks) and Karni (98 trucks) crossings.
Erez crossing - medical evacuations: 36

August 5, 2008
A total of 3,739 tons of food, medications and building materials were transferred via Sufa (83 trucks) and Karni (53 trucks) crossings.
Erez crossing - medical evacuations: 58

August 4, 2008
A total of 8,927 tons of food and building materials were transferred via Sufa (86 trucks) and Karni (193 trucks) crossings.
Erez crossing - medical evacuations: 55

August 3, 2008
Sufa crossing: 83 trucks carrying 1,861 tons of food
Karni and Nahal Oz crossings were closed.
Erez crossing - medical evacuations: 46

Week of 27 July - 1 August
Fuel supplied via Nahal Oz depot : petrol 121,030 liters; diesel fuel for transportation 1,201,410 liters; diesel fuel for power station 2,899,700 liters.

August 1, 2008 (Friday)
Medical evacuations: 12
Sufa, Karni and Nahal Oz crossings were closed.

July 30, 2008
Via Sufa crossing (85 trucks) and Karni crossing (99 trucks), 5,229 tons of food, medicines and building materials were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
Nahal Oz depot: 454,000 liters of diesel fuel and 162 tons of cooking gas
Erez crossing: 38 medical evacuations

July 28, 2008
Sufa: 86 trucks
Karni: 227 trucks
Total: 10,245 tons
Nahal Oz: 1,429,000 liters diesel fuel, 259 tons gas
Medical evacuations: 66

July 27, 2008
Sufa: 84 trucks with food, medical equipment and building supplies
Karni: 152 trucks with lentils, sesame seeds, beans, gravel, quartz and sand
Total: 7,555 tons
Nahal Oz: 1,1,53, 000 liters diesel fuel, 225 tons gas
Medical evacuations: 56

July 25, 2008 (Friday)
Sufa: 43 trucks, 839 tons
Karni and Nahal Oz crossings were closed
Medical evacuaions: 4

July 23, 2008
Sufa crossing: 84 trucks of food, cement, tools and raw materials
Karni crossing: 85 trucks of chickpeas, wheat, soy beans, barley, corn and animal feed
Total: 4,995 tons
Nahal Oz: 1,381,000 liters diesel fuel, 74 tons gas
Medical evacuations: 48

July 22, 2008
Sufa crossing: 87 trucks - 1,724 tons of food, medicines and building materials
Karni: 237 trucks - 8,786 tons of sesame seeds, beans, gravel and fabric
Nahal Oz: 936,000 liters of diesel fuel (17,400 liters for transportation and 558,800 for the power stations), 105 tons of gas, and 60,020 liters of petrol (gasoline) were transferred. In addition, 300,000 liters of diesel fuel and 30,000 liters of petrol were delivered to UNRWA. In three days (20-22 July) 148,050 liters of petrol were transferred to the Gaza Strip; according to the agreement, 120,000 liters are to be transferred weekly.
Erez: 58 medical evacuations

July 21, 2008
Sufa crossing: 93 trucks with 2,036 tons of food and building materials
Karni: 244 trucks with 9,063 tons of sesame seeds, lentils, cowpeas, gravel and sand
Nahal Oz: 1,006,000 liters of diesel fuel (296,400 for transportation and 721,800 for the power station) 45,000 liters of petrol, and 284 tons of gas
Erez: 34 medical evacuations

July 20, 2008
Sufa crossing: 90 trucks with 2,004 tons of food and building materials
Karni: 252 trucks carrying 9,370 tons of sesame seeds, lentils, cowpeas and sand
Nahal Oz: 1,006,000 liters of diesel fuel (258,400 liters for transportation, 678,800 liters for the power station, 43,030 liters for petrol, and 284 tons of gas
Erez: 34 medical evacuations

[July 19 - the Sabbath]

July 18, 2008
Sufa crossing: 62 trucks, including 7 trucks carrying 300 tons of cement and the rest carrying food and hygiene products (total 1,448 tons)
Nahal Oz: 421,000 liters diesel fuel
Erez crossing: 6 medical evacuations
Karni crossing was closed.

July 17, 2008
93 trucks were scheduled to deliver books, clothes, shoes, food, etc. Karni, Erez and Nahal Oz crossings were scheduled to be open.

July 16, 2008
Sufa crossing: 88 trucks
Karni crossing: 56 trucks
Nahal Oz: 220 tons of gas
Medical evacuations: 52

July 15, 2008
Sufa crossing: 64 trucks carrying food, medicines, equipment for essential infrastructures, and cement
Karni crossing: 86 trucks
Nahal Oz: 76,510 liters gasoline (petrol), 180,000 liters diesel fuel for transportation, and 910,200 liters for power station; 69 tons gas
Medical evacuations: 76

July 14, 2008
Sufa crossing: 84 trucks carrying food, medicines and materials for essential humanitarian infrastructures; 8 of the trucks carried cement.
Karni crossing: 255 trucks
Nahal Oz: 262,420 liters of diesel fuel for transportation and 769,200 liters for power station; 177 tons of gas
Medical evacuations: 48

July 13, 2008
82 trucks carrying mostly food and medical equipment, including 5 trucks carrying cement, delivered their goods at Sufa crossing. 145 trucks carrying sesame seeds, sand and gravel transferred their goods at Karni crossing.
At Nahal Oz depot, 354,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation and 562,000  for the power station, as well as 172 tons of gas, were delivered.

Medical evacuations: 68

[July 12 - the Sabbath]

July 11, 20008
52 trucks delivered their goods at Sufa crossing.
There were 3 medical evacuations via Erez crossing.
The Karni and Nahal Oz depots were closed.

July 9, 2008
Sufa crossing: 71 trucks, including one with cement and one with steel
Nahal Oz: 228 tons of gas
Karni crossing was closed.
Medical evacuations: 43

July 8, 2008
72 trucks carrying food and medicines delivered their goods at Sufa crossing.
21 trucks carrying wheat and animal feed delivered their goods at Karni crossing.
At Nahal Oz depot, 565,000 liters of diesel fuel and 68 tons of gas were delivered.

Thirty-five people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel via Erez crossing for medical treatment.

July 7, 2008
85 trucks carrying food, materials for essential humanitarian infrastructures and cement delivered their goods at Sufa crossing. 68 trucks delivered grains at Karni crossing.
At Nahal Oz depot, 940,302 liters of diesel fuel and 255 tons of cooking gas were delivered.

There were 29 medical evacuations (patients and their companions) via Erez crossing.

July 6, 2008
80 trucks - 75 carrying food and 5 trucks of cement - delivered their goods at Sufa crossing. At Nahal Oz fuel depot, 302,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation and 900,600 liters for the power station, as well as 214 tons of gas, were transferred.

Medical evacuations: 22 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel at Erez crossing for medical treatment.

July 4, 2008
Two people crossed into Israel at Erez for medical treatment. The rest of the crossings were closed.

July 2, 2008
74 trucks delivered their goods at Sufa crossing, and 87 trucks delivered goods at Karni crossing. There were 45 medical evacuations at Erez crossing.

July 1, 2008

Due to the firing of rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, all of the crossings were closed except for Erez, where 45 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel for medical treatment.

June 30, 2008
70 trucks transferred merchandise at Sufa crossing and 75 trucks at Karni crossing. At the Nahal Oz crossing, 189 tons of gas, 392,400 liters of diesel fuel for transportation and 820,200 liters for the power station were delivered.

Medical evacuations: 56 (patients + companions)

June 29, 2008
70 trucks delivered food, medicines and medical equipment, and materials for infrastructures via the Sufa crossing. At Nahal Oz, 263 tons of gas, 871,200 liters of diesel fuel for the power station and 298,410 liters for transportation were transferred to the Gaza Strip.

Medical evacuations: 57 people (patients + companions) passed through Erez crossing into Israel seeking medical treatment.

June 27, 2008
At the Nahal Oz depot, 473,000 liters of diesel fuel were transferred to the Gaza Strip.

Medical evacuations: Six people (patients + companions) passed through the Erez crossing into Israel for medical treatment. The other crossings remained closed following Palestinian violations of the lull agreement.

June 25, 2008
Medical evacuations: 30 people (patients + companions) crossed into Israel via the Erez crossing. The Sufa, Karni and Nahal Oz crossings were closed due to the Palestinians' violation of the lull agreement.

June 24, 2008
77 trucks carrying 1,462 tons of food, medicines, and materials for infrastructures transferred their goods to the Gaza Strip at the Sufa crossing.
66 trucks transferred grain to Gaza at the Karni conveyor.
824,000 liters of fuel and 91 tons of gas were transferred at the Nahal Oz fuel depot.

Medical evacuations: 31 people (patients + companions) crossed into Israel seeking medical treatment.

June 23, 2008
85 trucks carrying 1,741 tons of food and medical equipment transferred their goods to the Gaza Strip at the Sufa crossing.
81 trucks (3000 tons) of grains - including 50 trucks of wheat, a truckload of coffee beans, and 20 trucks of animal feed - were unloaded at the Karni crossing conveyer.
867,250 liters of fuel and 223 tons of cooking gas were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Nahal Oz terminal.

Medical evacuations: 53 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel via the Erez crossing for medical treatment.

June 22, 2008
78 trucks carrying 1,511 tons of food, medicines, and materials for essential infrastructures transferred their goods to the Gaza Strip at the Sufa crossing.
89 truckloads of grain were unloaded at the Karni crossing conveyer.
1,188,000 liters of fuel and 180 tons of cooking gas were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Nahal Oz terminal.

12 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel via the Erez crossing for medical treatment.

June 20, 2008
911,000 liters of fuel and 200 tons of cooking gas were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Nahal Oz terminal.

12 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel via the Erez crossing for medical treatment.

 
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