Israel Delivers Aid to Gaza, Even Under Rocket Fire
Hundreds of tons of construction materials were delivered to Gaza through the Israeli crossings this week despite terrorist rocket and mortar fire emanating from the region.
On Monday, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT) transferred 250 tons of materials, despite two separate rocket attacks on southern Israel that occurred the same day.
One of the missiles exploded next to Sderot.
Even under fire, coordination of the transfer of humanitarian aid into Gaza via the crossings continued as well.
On Monday, 180 truckloads of aid were delivered to the region via the Kerem Shalom Crossing. The delivery came in addition to the 250 tons of construction materials, intended for a project to upgrade the sewage treatment plant in the neighborhood of Sheikh Ajlin in central Gaza. Last week more than 80 tons of iron were also delivered to Gaza as part of a sewage treatment plant project in the northern part of the region, sponsored by the World Bank.
The Sheikh Ajlin sewage treatment plant project is sponsored by the German government and its KfW Bankengruppe government-owned development bank. The project was approved two months ago by Israel, the PA and the German Ambassador to Israel, Dr. Harald Kindermann.
Both sewage treatment plant projects were approved by a committee that included CoGAT Commander Maj.Gen. Eitan Dangot, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other international officials.
Israel Delivers Aid, PA Attacks Israelis
Palestinian Authority Arabs attacked Israeli vehicles near Karmei Zur and Alfei Menashe, hurling large rocks with sharp, jagged edges at Jewish travelers. Vehicles were damaged in both incidents.
A third attack took place near the Jewish community of Shilo, where PA Arabs hurled rocks at a car traveling along the road in the Samaria region. One Israeli civilian was wounded in the attack.
In a fourth incident, an Israeli bus was also damaged in a similar attack near the Judean Jewish community of Tekoa, near Highway 60, a road which saw two shooting attacks two weeks ago. Highway 60 winds its way from the southern Hevron Hills in Judea up past Jerusalem and farther north, into the Samaria region. Four Israelis were murdered and two were wounded in the shooting attacks.