Daily Israel Report

Feeding the Mouth that Bites: IDF Lets Gaza Imports Continue

As ten missiles crossed the skies overhead into Israel, about 300 supply trucks crossed into Gaza. IDF proudly says Gaza aid will continue.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/24/2011, 5:20 PM

IDF Spokesman's Unit

The IDF Spokesman's Unit proudly announced Thursday that Israel is continuing to allow supplies into Gaza. "In the shadow of the recent increase in rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, the IDF is continuing to move forward with its broad policy of aiding the civilian population of the Gaza Strip," it said. "The policy is carried out in coordination with the Palestinian Authority, with the help of the international community." 

Over the past week, an average of 300 aid trucks entered Gaza per day (as far as Thursday is concerned, that makes about 30 trucks per missile fired at Israel - ed.). The trucks carried a variety of materials, including wheat, gravel and animal feed, among other items.
 
The goods were transferred into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing, operated by the Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority, instead of the Karni crossing, which was recently closed due to security threats.
 
In the second half of 2011, it is expected that 450 trucks will enter Gaza daily to meet the import and export needs of the civilian population.
 
The IDF continues to aid the civilian population of Gaza in construction. Around 19,000 tons of aggregates (gravel used in the construction process to reinforce concrete) have been transferred to Gaza thus far.
 
Gravel is generally prohibited from being imported into the Gaza Strip due to concerns it will be used by terrorist organizations for the construction of bunkers, for example. However, coordinated deliveries of gravel are permitted for civilian projects only. The projects are funded and monitored by international organizations that operate in Gaza, and are intended for improvements in the areas of education, welfare and housing. Among other things, aggregates are to be used in the construction of hospital wings, residential buildings and schools.