More than 20,000 tons of supplies entered Gaza on Tuesday (August 25) via the Kerem Shalom crossing, according to the IDF Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).
The 648 trucks, which bore 20,260 tons of goods, brought items such as medical supplies, food, construction materials and electronic devices.
The phenomenon is not new. The crossings are open every day and supply trucks make the trip daily, trundling in to the region with goods, and sometimes out of the region with exports bound for the port in Ashdod or elsewhere.
Most of the time, the deliveries are allowed to continue even during military conflicts — and sometimes when Gaza rocket fire is being aimed at Israeli civilians.
The process is a slow one, however, because each truck must be painstakingingly inspected to ensure that no contraband is hidden among the supplies.
A few weeks ago, electrodes were found during an inspection that might have become part of the detonators for rockets or other weapons used against Israeli civilians in attacks on Israel by Gaza terrorists.
Israel also transfers 125 MW of electricity per day to the enclave and 10 million cubic meters of water.
In addition, Israel provides Gaza with 436,000 liters of fuel – including 264 tons of natural gas for domestic use and 78,000 liters of benzene for transportation per year, the IDF COGAT reported.