The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major General Eitan Dangot and the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Yossi Gal met with the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton at the District Coordination Office at the `Erez` Terminal on 18/07/2010, 7 Av 5771. During the meeting, Major General Dangot detailed

Date: 18.07.10    

During the meeting, Major General Dangot detailed the steps taken to implement the expansion of the civilian policy vis-à-vis the Gaza Strip and also explained to her the process of coordinating the flow of goods at the ‘Kerem Shalom’ crossing point using special screens showing the activity at the terminal.

During the meeting, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories outlined the expansion of activity at the ‘Kerem Shalom’ crossing terminal and at the ‘Karni’ crossing conveyor belt. A representative of the Ministry of Defense’s Border Crossings Authority expounded on the amendments necessary for the increase in the volume of commodities to 150 trucks per day at the ‘Kerem Shalom’ crossing. He also revealed that work on the infrastructure has begun on the Palestinian side of the crossing two weeks ago so that from July 31 the number of trucks passing through the ‘Kerem Shalom’ crossing is expected to increase to 250 daily.

In addition, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories presented the 31 internationally-funded projects that were added to the 14 projects that have undergone the coordination and authorization process with the Palestinian Authority and whose implementation began before the Political-Security Cabinet’s decision.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories emphasized that Israel will continue to provide the necessities of the population in the Gaza Strip in accordance with the capacity of the existing overland crossing points, subject to security considerations and the fact that Hamas is still in control of the Gaza Strip and according to the premise that the ‘Kerem Shalom’ crossing will continue to operate as the main crossing point for commodities.

The spokesman of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories announced that supplies from the Libyan flotilla began to be transferred through the ‘Kerem Shalom’ crossing today pursuant coordination between Israel and Egypt. This operation will continue in the coming days without compromising the daily coordination for other commodities.

Source: cogat.idf.il

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