Trucks at the Kerem Shalom Crossing in Gaza 390 (R).
(photo credit:Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)
Eighty truckloads worth of medical equipment and food passed into Gaza through
the Kerem Shalom crossing throughout the day on Sunday, the Coordinator of
Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) reported.
Both the Kerem
Shalom and Erez crossings were open Sunday to enable goods to pass through to
Gaza, as well as allow foreign diplomats and patients with medical conditions to
enter Israel, according to COGAT.
16 truckloads of medical equipment,
including medicines, anesthetics and disposable items, passed through Kerem
Shalom on Sunday in addition to 64 truckloads of food. At the Erez crossing, 35
diplomatic representatives and international organization staff members left
Gaza for Israel, as well as 26 medical patients and their escorts, COGAT
Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen.
Eitan Dangot worked with senior Palestinian Authority officials and
international community members to enable the opening of the crossings, COGAT
“Israel is committed to providing continued humanitarian
services and cooperation for the benefit of the uninvolved civilians residing in
the Gaza Strip,” a COGAT spokesman said.
“While Israel is committed to
providing continued assistance, it is subject to the limitations created by
continuous rocket fire and attacks on the part of Hamas and other extremists
groups in Gaza.
Rocket attacks endanger the staff manning the crossing
and often hinder or prevent the transfer of goods,” he continued.
the Kerem Shalom crossing was closed on Monday, COGAT reported the passage of
parts for a CT scanner through the Erez crossing that day. 14 patients needing
medical treatment and their escorts also traveled from Gaza into Israel through
Erez on Monday.
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