Key developments in the last three days1:
• Between 15 and 20 Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tanks and Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) moved into the Gaza Strip from the northern border at noon today and positioned themselves in the former Nisanit settlement area. Palestinian security forces were advised to leave their positions in the area and the IDF closed Erez crossing at 11am today.
• The Gaza Electrical Distribution Company (GEDCO) continues to load-share the available electric supply across the Gaza Strip though power is intermittent and often not synchronised with water supply to households. Families face difficulties to secure water for personal hygiene.
• Nahal Oz energy pipelines reopened for the import of fuel into the Gaza Strip on 2 July. Karni crossing opened on 2 July and 96 truckloads of commercial supplies entered. Karni was closed again on 3 July but reopened today at 12:40pm for imports including humanitarian supplies from WFP and UNRWA.
• Some shortages in essential food commodities have been reported by WFP inside the Gaza Strip – there are two days supply available for sugar and eight days supply for animal feed. Milk and dairy products are available in minimal quantities.
• There have been 25 sonic booms from Israel Air Force (IAF) aircraft since 28 June across the Gaza Strip. Most occurred pre-dawn.