Despite the constant fire into Israel
, the Kerem Shalom crossing remained open during Operation Protective Edge and the flow of goods and fuel into the Gaza Strip continued. The Kerem Shalom crossing continues to operate with high security. The IDF acceded to the request of hundreds of Palestinians who hold foreign citizenship to leave the Gaza Strip. The Erez Crossing in northern Gaza also remains open to Palestinian pedestrians for humanitarian cases.On August 4, Israel established a joint COGAT-International Organizations coordination center in order to streamline the process.
On August 25, 274 trucks were scheduled to cross into
Gaza. However, due to the security situation and Hamas rockets, only 203
trucks arrived at Kerem Shalom. Among the trucks that entered were:
• 111 trucks carrying 2,190 tons of food
• 3 trucks carrying 8 tons of humanitarian supplies
On August 26, 217 trucks were scheduled to cross into Gaza. However, due to the security situation and Hamas rockets, only 75 trucks arrived at Kerem Shalom.
On August 24, three Israeli-Arab taxi drivers waiting to pick up Gazan
residents and bring them into Israel for medical treatment were wounded - two seriously - by mortar shells fired at the Erez Crossing
as Palestinians from Gaza were entering Israel for medical care,
forcing the closing of the Erez Crossing.
Soldiers evacuated the wounded as
mortars continued to fall on the crossing specifically designated for
the passage of Palestinians in need of medical and humanitarian
assistance.Wounded Israelis evacuated from Erez CrossingCopyright: Magen David AdomDuring the humanitarian ceasefire in effect from August 13-19, there
was a marked increase in the quantity of goods and humanitarian aid
entering the Gaza Strip. However, the ceasefire was broken by rocket fire from Gaza on the afternoon of August 19, which continues unabated. Despite the resumption of rocket fire, Israel continues to facilitate the entrance of goods and aid to the Gaza Strip, and
COGAT held a conference with various international organizations to
discuss the need for immediate humanitarian assistance for the civilian