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Stats and Facts on Israeli Humanitarian Aid Transfers to Gaza 

Unless otherwise indicated, all information is from “Behind the Headlines: The Israeli humanitarian lifeline to ‎Gaza,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 25, 2010, ‎‎_25-May-2010.htm ‎

Humanitarian Aid
• In 2009, more than 738,000 tons of food and supplies entered Gaza. Pictures in local newspapers show ‎local markets aplenty with fruit, vegetables, cheese, spices, bread and meat to feed 1.4 million Gazans. ‎The total amount of aid transferred from Israel to Gaza in 2009 increased by 180 percent, compared to ‎the amount transferred 2008. ‎

• From Jan - May 8, 2010, 230,690 tons of humanitarian aid was transferred from Israel into Gaza through ‎the Israel-Gaza goods crossings. This included medical supplies, milk powder and baby food, meat, ‎chicken, fish, grains, legumes, oil, flour, salt, sugar, fresh vegetables and dairy products as well as ‎animal feed, hygiene products and clothes. ‎

• At holiday times, Israel increases transfers. During the Muslim holy days of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha, ‎Israel shipped some 11,000 head of cattle into Gaza. ‎

Maintaining Medical Aid for All in Need
The Medical Corridor: ‎
• In 2009 alone, 10,544 patients and their companions left the Gaza Strip for medical treatment in Israel. ‎Moreover, there were 382 emergency evacuations from Gaza for medical purposes.‎

• The Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem donates $3 million in aid annually to treat Palestinians ‎in Israel.‎

• Following fears of a swine flu outbreak, three Israeli hospitals were assigned to treat cases in the Gaza ‎Strip and 44,500 immunizations were transferred to the Strip.‎

• Since 2005, Palestinians exploited medical care arrangements more than 20 times to carry out terror ‎attacks. ‎

Medical Equipment:
• In 2009, some 4,883 tons of medical equipment and medicine were brought in. ‎

• In the first quarter of 2010, Israel shipped 152 trucks of medical supplies and equipment into Gaza. ‎

• In 2009, Israel coordinated the transfer of medical supplies for the disabled including wheelchairs, ‎crutches and first aid kits. Other equipment shipped to Gaza include heart-monitors, baby feeding ‎tubes, dental equipment, medical books, ambulance emergency equipment, artificial limbs and infant ‎sleeping bags. ‎

Quality of Life in Gaza
• Projected life expectancy in the Gaza Strip (2010) is 73.86, greater than Estonia, Malaysia, Jamaica and ‎Bulgaria. ‎

• The infant mortality rate in Gaza is 17.71 per 1000, better than that of China, Jordan, Lebanon and ‎Thailand. ‎

• Israel transfers school equipment supplied by UNRWA including notebooks, school bags, writing ‎implements and textbooks. ‎

• Israel is currently coordinating the transfer of 200,000 laptops for Gaza schoolchildren. ‎

• In the first quarter of 2010, Israel transferred 250 trucks with equipment for the UNWRA summer ‎camp, including arts-and-crafts equipment, swimming pools, inflatable toys, ice cream machines, ‎musical instruments, clothing, sports equipment. ‎

Building for the Future: Infrastructure and Economic Aid‎
Building Materials:

• While the import of cement and iron has been restricted into Gaza since these are used by the Hamas ‎to cast rockets and bunkers, monitored imports of truckloads of cement, iron, and building supplies ‎such as wood and windows are regularly coordinated with international parties. Already in the first ‎quarter of 2010, 23 tons of iron and 25 tons of cement were transferred to the Gaza Strip.‎

• On 13 May 2010, Israel allowed approximately 39 tons of building material into Gaza to help rebuild a ‎damaged hospital. The construction material for al Quds hospital was transferred after safeguards in ‎place and French assurances ensured that the construction material would not be diverted elsewhere. ‎

• On 24 May 2010, Israel opened Kerem crossing to 97 trucks loaded with aid and goods, including six ‎trucks holding 250 tons of cement and one truck loaded with five tons of iron for projects executed ‎and operated by UNRWA. ‎

• As noted by a UN report of May 2010, 120 Megawatts (over 70 percent) of the Strips’ electricity supply ‎comes from the Israeli electric grid, while 17 MWs come from Egypt and 30 MWs are produced by the ‎Gaza city power station. Since January 2010, there has been deterioration in the supply of electricity to ‎the Gaza Strip since the Hamas regime is unwilling to purchase the fuel to run the Gaza City power ‎station. ‎

• Throughout 2009, Israel transferred 41 trucks of equipment for the maintenance of Gaza’s electricity ‎grid.‎

• Israel facilitates the transfer of fuel through the border, and maintains that the diversion of fuel from ‎domestic power generators to other uses is wholly a Hamas decision. Over 133 million liters of fuel ‎entered Gaza from Israel over the last 18 months. ‎

• During the first quarter of 2010, the UN coordinated with Israel the transfer of equipment for UNWRA ‎to upgrade the sewage pumping station. In 2009, 127 trucks containing more than 3,000 tons of ‎hypochlorite entered the Gaza Strip for water purification purposes. Moreover, 48 trucks of ‎equipment for improving the sanitation infrastructure led to a substantial reduction in the Beit Lahya ‎facility's waste levels. ‎

• Primary exports from Gaza are cut flowers and citrus, with trade partners being Israel, Egypt and the ‎West Bank. During 2009, 7.5 million tons of flowers and 54 tons of strawberries were exported from ‎Gaza with Israeli cooperation.‎

• In 2009, 1.1 billion shekels (about $250 million) was transferred to the Gaza Strip for the ongoing ‎activity of international organizations and to pay the salaries of Palestinian Authority workers. ‎

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