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The Week's Assistance to Gaza, June 6-12

Last week more than 12,000 tons of humanitarian aid and more than a million tons of fuel were delivered to Gaza.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 6/17/2010, 11:24 AM / Last Update: 6/17/2010, 12:27 PM

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While the Palestinian Authority continues its attempts to convince the world of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, last week alone the region received more than 12,000 tons of humanitarian aid, according to the IDF Coordinator of Government Affairs in the Territories. That didn't include the more than one million liters of fuel pumped into the region in the same period.

At the Kerem Shalom Crossing, which is open five days a week, 485 trucks bearing 8,853 tons of foodstuffs were delivered. Among the items on the list were legumes, fruits and vegetables, rice, cooking oil, meat, chicken and fish products, flour, dairy products, spices, sugar and mixed additional food products.

In addition, other merchandise included hygiene products, medicine and medical equipment, inputs to agriculture, cement, clothing and footwear, aggregates and various other essential humanitarian products.

At the Karni Conveyor, open on Tuesdays, 93 truckloads of various animal feeds totaling 3,154 tons of grains, were transferred into the region as well.

The Nahal Oz fuel terminal was also busy with the transfer of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and cooking gas for the region's residents. A total of 1,215,037 liters of diesel fuel and 962 tons of cooking gas were delivered to Gaza from Israel through the terminal last week.

Traffic at the Erez Crossing, which is open Sunday through Friday, was equally active, with local medical patients and staff members from international aid organizations traveling back and forth from the region.

A total of 383 PA residents of Gaza and their escorts left Gaza, crossing into Israel to obtain medical care in facilities located throughout the country, including in the regions of Judea and Samaria. In addition, 262 international aid employees left through the Erez terminal and 185 entered the region from Israel.

Ironically, the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza recently refused to accept shipments of humanitarian aid that was brought by a Turkish-sponsored six ship flotilla through the Mediterranean. The primary stated goal of the flotilla, which was manned by operatives from a Turkish organization linked to terror, was actually an attempt to break the maritime blockade of Gaza implemented by Israel to prevent Hamas from importing arms to be used in its ongoing terrorist war against the Jewish State. When the attempt failed, and the flotilla was redirected to the port of Ashdod, the cargo was off-loaded and all legal humanitarian aid was delivered overland in trucks to the crossings -- but Hamas refused to accept the shipments.