Despite the constant firing into Israel - and as the Gaza air strikes continue - The Kerem Shalom crossing remains open during operation "Protective Edge." Two days since the operation has started, some two hundred truckloads of food and essential supplies were delivered into the Gaza Strip, in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis on one hand and to increase the legitimacy of the operation on the other. Additionally, Israel transferred two hundred thousand gallons of gasoline a day since the start of the operation. Heavy rocket launches at Israeli cities did not prevent the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai, from approving the entrance of goods into the Gaza Strip. The Ministry of Defense has allowed the entry of a larger amount of food, due to the fear of Palestinians from an extensive military operation.There is ban on cement and equipment that could be used by terrorist organizations. The Kerem Shalom crossing continues to work with all employees under heavy military defense due to a terror tunnel that exploded a few days earlier. Workers and staff operate under high precautionary guidelines for being a very significant target by Palestinian terrorist organizations, especially recently, despite being the location of transfer of goods into the Gaza Strip. However, the Ministry of Defense decided to freeze access to Palestinians from working on their land in the area adjacent to the perimeter fence, and the continuation of prohibiting of fishing beyond three miles off the coast of the Gaza Strip. Both previously allowed after operation "Pillar of Defense". The IDF also confirmed the request of two hundred and forty Palestinians with foreign citizenship to leave the Gaza Strip, including the USA, Sweden, Greece, Serbia and Romania. Also, the Erez crossing in northern Gaza is open for Palestinians pedestrians only for humanitarian cases.
(Photo: Herzl Yosef)