Highlights

Kerem Shalom crossing was closed for several days starting 24 September due to holidays (Jewish new year, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Eid al Adha).

Transport Services

Since activation on 30 July, the Logistics Cluster has:

  • Facilitated the transportation of 8,327 pallets of humanitarian relief supplies via 313 trucks on behalf of humanitarian organisations for distribution within the Gaza Strip
  • Supported 48 humanitarian organisations including Women's Affairs Technical Committee, mash el Usra Society, The YMCA, Secours Isla miq, Qawarb group and French Consulate General in Jerusalem
  • Facilitated the transportation of over 2,198 pallets (out of a total of 7,675) with the Palestinian Authority for distribution within the Gaza Strip

Total from 26 September – 09 October

Trucks crossed into the Gaza Strip

24

Pallets delivered within the Gaza Strip

612

Number Organizations Supported

7

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.

Coordination/Information Management/GIS

Since activation on 30 July, the Logistics Cluster:

  • Held eight weekly Logistics Cluster Coordination meetings with partners attending in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza City, all linked via video teleconference
  • A total of 45 information products have been shared 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: http://logcluster.org/ops/gazal4a 
  • Provided GIS mapping support, including publication of ConOps, Access Constraints maps and maps upon request for the humanitarian community
  • Coordinated the movement with Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) of 313 trucks from the West Bank and Israel into the Gaza Strip
  • Consolidation of information on crossing points and liaising with relevant authorities to ease bottlenecks and investigate possible solutions to delays

Other Logistics Gaps or Bottlenecks

  • Due to the upcoming holidays, crossing points throughout the West Bank, Israel and the Gaza Strip will be subject to additional closures. For information on crossing opening hours, please see the following document on the Gaza Emergency Operations page on the Logistics Cluster website: http://www.logcluster.org/ops/gaza14a 
  • 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 (27 September — 9 October), out of 14 trucks loaded in Ramallah, 10 were redirected to cross at Share Ephraim.
  • Because of delays in security checking procedures at Share Ephraim on 30 September, one truck was delayed and failed to reach Kerem Shalom within the time required to cross into the Gaza Strip.

Table: Logistics Cluster Betunia constraints report (26 Sept – 09 Oct)

Number of Trucks loaded in Ramallah*

14

Number of trucks crossed from West Bank to Israel through Betunia

4

Number of Trucks loaded in Ramallah redirected through Share Ephraim

10

* Betunia is the most suitable crossing point for trucks loaded in Ramallah travelling from The West Bank to Israel.

(Source: Logistics Cluster)

Crossing

Fee

Palestinian side

Israeli side

Kerem Shalom (since 2007)*

500 Nis

700 Nis

Betunia

n/a

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

July

August

September & October

Kerem Shalom (Israel / Gaza)

2473

5151

8246 (01 — 09 Oct)

Humanitarian

(8— 31 July) 481

1724 (33%)

1850 (22%)  (01 – 09 Oct)

Private Sector

(8 — 31 July) 1329

3427 (67%)

6396 (78%) (01 – 09 Oct)

(Source: OCHA 2014, ACU 2014)

Contacts:

Sune Kent

 Head of Logistics

Sune.Kent@wfp.org