President Herzog near the border
President Herzog near the borderAmos Ben-Gershom / GPO

President Isaac Herzog conducted a tour of the Nitzana Crossing situated on the Israel-Egypt border on Wednesday.

The President first received an overview from the head of the COGAT Civil Department, Col. Elad Goren, along with Col. (Res.) Shay Karmona, and Director of the Nitzana Crossing, David Hazut. They presented the President with a review of the civilian activity and humanitarian aid Israel facilitates through Egypt and the international aid organizations operating in the Gaza Strip as part of the agreement to see hostages released.

The President then visited the security inspection area at the Nitzana Crossing, from where around 200 humanitarian aid trucks are transported daily to the Gaza Strip via the Rafah Crossing, containing water, food, shelter equipment, and medical supplies.

President Herzog commented, “We are here on the Nitzana Crossing, right on the Israel-Egyptian border. There is a huge amount of trucks that are flowing into Gaza with humanitarian aid. The quantity goes up and up in various forms, and the effort that has been made both on the international level and the Israeli-Egyptian level towards Gaza is huge."

He added: "I want to thank all the partners that are dealing with the humanitarian aid that flows into Gaza. Israel is committed to increasing and sustaining the supply of humanitarian aid to the citizens of Gaza, those who are uninvolved in battle, in war, and in terror. However, I must point out that as opposed to distorted information that keeps on appearing in the international media, indeed, this situation in Gaza right now is fully under control: meaning about one thousand shelters are being operated in the Gaza Strip under various international organizations - fully agreed upon by the international community and the Israeli army - and the inflow of trucks and goods and services is so substantial that it enables humanitarian aid to flow inside and supply what is needed according to international humanitarian law.”