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      The Week's Assistance to Gaza 21.04.10

      More than 17,000 tons of humanitarian aid were delivered to Gaza from Israel last week through the various crossings.
      By Hana Levi Julian
      First Publish: 4/21/2010, 9:23 AM / Last Update: 4/21/2010, 9:30 AM

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      More than 17,000 tons of humanitarian aid were delivered to Palestinian Authority residents of Gaza from Israel last week through Gaza crossings, according to the IDF. Simultaneously, Gaza business owners shipped out four truckloads of flowers and medical equipment for export. The deliveries were arranged through the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT).

      A total of 700 truckloads of humanitarian supplies, compriseing 17,412 tons of aid, made their way into the region. Among the supplies delivered were essential food products such as wheat, flour, meat, chicken, fish and cooking oil, in addition to agricultural produce. Medical supplies and hygiene products were also delivered.

      Animal feed was transferred into Gaza through the massive conveyer at the Karni Crossing.

      At the Nahal Oz fuel terminal, 1,784,561 liters of diesel fuel and 956 tons of cooking gas were transferred to Gaza tanks via the crossing's fuel pumps.

      Medical patients and their escorts also made their regular weekly trips to Israeli hospitals through the Erez Crossing, where staff members of international aid organizations also passed through.

      A total of 488 medical patients and their escorts left Gaza through the Erez terminal and traveled to various destinations for treatment in Israel, including some who went to Judea and Samaria. In addition, 115 PA Arabs entered Israel for other reasons; 209 NGO staff members entered Gaza, and 206 left the region, all of whom traveled through the Erez Crossing in and out of Israel.