Wednesday, June 20

Israeli aid to Gaza: by the numbers (Thursday update)

The IDF just released stats on food, medicine and other aid Israel's trying to pass over to Palestinians through the Erez crossing point with the Gaza Strip. That is, while Hamas' shooters aren't firing at them - or into the backs of terrified Palestinians fleeing into Israel...

  • Over 400 tons of food products were transferred via the Kerem Shalom crossing: 130 tons flour, 49 tons rice, 49 tons sugar, 5 tons tea, 8 tons milk powder, 33 tons crushed lentils, 19.7 tons lentils, 30 tons margarine, 18.5 tons barley, 34 tons macaroni, 20 tons beans, 15 tons humus and 2 tons soup.
  • 7 tons of disinfectants were also transferred through the crossing.
  • 160,000 liters of diesel fuel, 40,000 liters of gasoline and 40 tons of gas were transferred via the Nahal Oz fuel terminal.
  • 8 injured Palestinians were transferred from Gaza hospitals to Israeli hospitals for medical treatment.
  • Overnight, Palestinians at the Erez crossing interested in crossing over to Egypt were assisted to do so.
  • Approximately 100 Palestinians with dual citizenships crossed into Israel through the Erez crossing.
  • 2 Red Cross surgeons passed into the Gaza Strip through Erez in order to assist hospitals in the region.
C'mon, go on and guess how appreciative Palestinians responded to the humanitarian gesture...
Three people were lightly wounded and at least seven others reported in shock after a barrage of five Kassam rockets hit the western Negev on Wednesday evening, bringing the day's total rocket hits to eight.
More about previous Israeli attempts to aid Gazan Palestinians is here, in a report I prepared almost exactly one year ago about the Karni crossing point (including an exclusive podcast on the scene with Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev).

Cargo waiting to cross from Israel into Gaza at
the Karni crossing point, June, 2006.
Ongoing Palestinian terror attacks against troops
and civilian personnel forced the facility's closure.
(Photo: Dave Bender)
More on the current situation in Gaza, as of Wednesday night is here.

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