Today, Sunday, November 18, 2012, the Gaza CLA coordinated the transfer of roughly 120 truckloads of goods for civilians in Gaza through the Kerem Shalom Crossing. Ultimately, only 80 trucks arrived for transfer. The trucks that entered Gaza carried food products, medicine, medical equipment, gas, animal feed and other materials. COGAT's Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA) worked to coordinate assistance from U.N. agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which also included medicine and medical equipment designated for the health system in Gaza, with funding provided by the Palestinian Authority and international organizations.
The crossings activity illustrates the fact that the IDF makes a clear distinction between civilians and terrorists. This is in contrast to Hamas, which is launching hundreds of missiles, rockets, and mortars towards Israeli cities and towns with the intent to harm civilians.
The Head of the Economics Branch in the Gaza CLA, Lt. Colonel AviShalev, stated that Israel will continue to work in cooperation with the international community to promote the welfare of civilians in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense.