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      GAZA CRISIS SITUATION REPORT
      DATE: 30 March 2009
      Covering Period: 21 - 27 March 2009

1. MAIN ISSUES


2. LOGISTICS COORDINATION

Jerusalem-Gaza Logistics Cluster: On 24 March, the Logistics Cluster organised a visit to Kerem Shalom border crossing for Logistics Cluster participants to become familiar with procedures for cargo transfer from Israel to Gaza. Representatives from Mercy Corps International, CHF International, MSF Spain, Oxfam, Save the Children, USAID, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP and the Logistics Cluster were shown around the crossing and briefed by IDF CLA and civilian MoD staff. A summary of the visit will be posted on the Logistics Cluster website.
A sketch of Kerem Shalom border crossing and link to a live webcam is posted
here.

3. INTERACTION WITH COGAT


Please note that this document is updated on a regular basis. If your organisation wishes to provide information on cargo which has been refused clearance for entry to Gaza, or cargo which is under review for clearance, please send details to gaza.logs@logcluster.org.

4. PRIORITIES FOR IMPROVING DELIVERY OF HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO GAZA


- Use of sea containers for the purpose of transportation of humanitarian cargo and permission for the exit/return of empty containers

- Double-stacking pallets on trucks passing through Kerem Shalom

- Installation of better lighting at the Kerem Shalom crossing (Gaza side) to allow operations to continue after dark and thus increase the timeframe for cargo pick-up

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