PRIORITIES FOR IMPROVING DELIVERY OF HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO GAZA
The Humanitarian Coordinator has shared a list of priority humanitarian cargo with the Israeli Authorities, to ensure the delivery of humanitarian relief reflects the needs of the conflict-affected communities in Gaza.
The Humanitarian Community requests that the Israeli Authorities permit the delivery of food assistance; medical supplies; education equipment and other priority humanitarian relief to Gaza. This request is in accordance with the principle of non-interference as stipulated in the Framework for the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance in Gaza and the obligation to ensure the free passage of consignments of foodstuffs (Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 59).
A request has been made to COGAT to clearly define the policy-level process governing approval of relief items destined for Gaza (including so-called ‘dual purpose’ items). The objective is to increase predictability for clearance of cargo and ensure transparency of process.
The Logistics Cluster requests the following measures are taken to increase capacity for transfer 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 in order to save time and increase cargo capacity.
- 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 pickup.