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Source: Logistics Cluster
18 September 2014


On 16 September the UN reached an agreement with Israel and Palestinian Authorities on a new reconstruction mechanism to allow for an increase in the amount of reconstruction material to be brought in for the recovery and rehabilitation effort in the Gaza Strip.

During the reporting period, from 12 - 18 September, the Logistics Cluster has received six requests for facilitating the transportation of humanitarian relief including food, water, sanitation and health (WASH) and shelter items. All have been completed.

Transport Services

Since activation on 30 July, the Logistics Cluster has:

Facilitated the transportation of 7,457 pallets of humanitarian relief supplies via 280 trucks on behalf of humanitarian organisations for distribution within the Gaza Strip.

Supported 44 humanitarian organisations including Dura Countryside Rehabilitation.

Facilitated the transportation of over 2,050 out of a total of 7,457 pallets with the Palestinian Authority for distribution within the Gaza Strip.

Total from 12-18 September
Trucks crossed into the Gaza Strip
Pallets delivered within the Gaza Strip
Number Organizations Supported

Common Storage

Five staging areas for cargo consolidation, palletisation and loading prior to transportation have been made available by the Logistics Cluster for use by the humanitarian community. The staging areas are located in Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus and Ashqelon.

Three dedicated warehouses have been secured by the Logistics Cluster for use as common storage for the humanitarian community inside the Gaza Strip. The warehouses are located in Middle Area/Gaza City (800 m2 capacity), Khan Younis (600 m2 Capacity) and Rafah (450 m2 Capacity) where an additional refrigerated warehouse (40 m2 capacity) is available.

16 pallets of mixed food and tents are being stored in the Logistics Cluster warehouse in Gaza City since 15 September on behalf of the Women's Affairs Technical Committee.

Shared 41 information products, including meeting minutes, daily and weekly Situation Updates, Service Request Guidance and Logistics Cluster Concept of Operations (ConOps) via the dedicated Logistics Cluster mailing list and Gaza Operations page on the Logistics Cluster website:

Provided GIS mapping support, including publication of ConOps, Access Constraints maps and maps upon request for the humanitarian community.

Coordinated the movement with COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories) of 280 trucks from the West Bank and Israel into the Gaza Strip.

Consolidated information on crossing points and liaised with relevant authorities to ease bottlenecks and investigate possible solutions to delays.

Other Logistics Gaps or Bottlenecks

Due to the upcoming holidays in September, Kerem Shalom Crossing will be closed on the dates below. Additional holidays will be taking pace in October. For information on crossing opening hours, please see the following document on the Gaza Emergency Operations page on the Logistics Cluster website:

Wed 4 Sept.
Thurs 5 Sept.
Fri 6 Sept.
Sat 7 Sept.
Sun 8 Sept.
Closed as of 1 p.m.
Closed (as per normal schedule)

Due to limited capacity, opening hours and security equipment at Betunia crossing from the West Bank into Israel, a number of trucks continue to be redirected via Share Ephraim, a northern alternative to Betunia which is the most suitable crossing point for trucks loaded in Ramallah. During the reporting period (12 - 18 September), out of 14 trucks loaded in Ramallah, 9 were redirected to cross at Share Ephraim.

The Logistics Cluster is liaising with relevant authorities regarding the prioritisation of humanitarian relief cargo at Betunia in order to avoid delays and truck redirection.

A possible extensions to Kerem Shalom opening hours is also being investigated in order to allow trucks delayed at Betunia additional time to reach the crossing and avoid fees for arrival at Kerem Shalom after 13h30 to cross in the Gaza Strip

Table: Logistics Cluster Betunia constraints report (12 - 18 Sept)
Number of Trucks loaded in Ramallah*
Number of trucks crossed from West Bank to Israel through Betunia
Number of Trucks loaded in Ramallah redirected through Share Ephraim
* Betunia is the most suitable crossing point for trucks loaded in Ramallah travelling from The West Bank to Israel

Fees per crossing:
(Source: Logistics Cluster)
Palestinian side
Israeli side
Kerem Shalom (since 2007)*
500 Nis
700 Nis
87 Nis
*These fees are applicable to larger vehicles only
Note: Allenby Crossing: +/-20Nis per pallet on entering the Israeli side (No additional fees are required at other crossings)

Table: Total number of Truck movements by Crossing (Source: OCHA 2014, ACU 2014)
Kerem Shalom (Israel / Gaza)
6267 (01 — 25 Sept)
(8— 31 July) 481
1724 (33%)
1493 (01— 25 Sept)
Private Sector
(8 — 31 July) 1329
3427 (67%)
4774 (01 — 25 Sept)
*Bilateral aid donations and humanitarian relief transportation only, information on private sector movements unavailable

Hien Adjemian, Logistics Cluster Coordinator

Lucy Styles, Logistics Cluster IM Officer

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