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Mon, June 07, 2010 | Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Summary of equipment and aid aboard the Gaza flotilla

The Mavi Marmara did not carry any humanitarian aid.

The Logistics Section of SIBAT (Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Department of the Israel Ministry of Defense), together with COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories), are responsible for transferring humanitarian aid to Gaza. They handled the transfer of the equipment that arrived on the flotilla ships from Ashdod Port to the Defense Ministry’s humanitarian aid base in Zrifin, which now await Hamas permission for transfer into the Gaza Strip.

Of the seven flotilla ships, only four were freight ships. The Challenger 1 (small yacht), the Sfendonh (small passenger boat) and the Mavi Marmara (passenger ship) did not carry any humanitarian aid, except for the passengers’ personal belongings. Of the four freight ships – Gaza, Sofia, Defeny and Rachel Corrie – as of June 7, SIBAT had only offloaded equipment from the Defeny.

As of June 7, the equipment offloaded was loaded onto 26 trucks. (An additional eight trucks are waiting at the Kerem Shalom crossing to enter the Gaza Strip.) The equipment includes:

  1. 300 wheelchairs
  2. 300 new mobility scooters
  3. 100 special mobility scooters for the disabled
  4. Hundreds of crutches
  5. 250 hospital beds
  6. 50 sofas
  7. Four tons of medicine
  8. 20 tons of clothing, carpets, school bags, cloth and shoes
  9. Various hospital equipment – closets and cabinets, operating theater equipment, etc.
  10. Playground equipment
  11. Mattresses

The equipment remaining at Ashdod Port on the three ships which have not been offloaded include some 2000 tons of construction equipment – building materials and tools, and construction waste (rubble, toilets, sinks and cement) for re-use.

In comparison with the Gaza Flotilla aid: During the week of 30 May – 5 June 2010, 484 truckloads (12,413 tons) of aid were transferred from Israel to the Gaza Strip via the land crossings.

IDF Transfers Humanitarian Aid From Gaza Flotilla to Gaza Strip

It should be noted that:

  1. The equipment does not constitute humanitarian aid in the accepted sense (basic foodstuffs, new and functional equipment, fresh medicines).
  2. The equipment awaiting entry into the Gaza Strip, both at the Kerem Shalom crossing and the Defense Ministry base, has been approved by COGAT.
  3. The humanitarian aid on all the ships was scattered in the ships’ holds and thrown onto piles and not packed properly for transport. The equipment was not packaged and not properly placed on wooden bases.
  4. Because of the improper packing, some of the equipment was crushed by the weight in transit.
  5. The medicines and sensitive equipment (operating theater equipment, new clothing, etc.) are being kept in cool storage at the Defense Ministry base. Some of the medicines have already expired, and some will expire soon. The operating theater equipment, which should be kept sterile, was carelessly wrapped.
  6. A large part of the equipment, particularly shoes and clothing, was used and worn.
  7. The construction material must be approved by COGAT and the political echelons before it can be transferred to the Gaza Strip.

8 Comments to “Summary of Equipment and Aid Aboard the Gaza Flotilla”

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  6. avatar Sara Jerman says:

    That’s only the Israeli point of view !! of course they are going to say that only 4 ships were carrying aid !! Come on !! would the international World send ships only with passengers and no aid !! Would they pay for the ships to go all that way only carrying passengers who want to visit Gaza !! The article doesn’t make any sense !! And do you really believe that they ship aid from one side of the world to the other without even packing them !!

  7. You’re in denial of the facts. The purpose of the Gaza Flotilla was not to bring humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, but to try to break the Israel-Blockade of Gaza and make Israel look bad if they would stop the ships in reaching Gaza.

    So yes, the organization of the Flotilla was not concerned at all about bringing aid to Gaza, but only trying to embarass Israel and break the naval blockade. Israel has offered to bring the humanitarian aid of the Flotilla to Gaza if the ships would go to Ashdod port, so the goods could be transferred to Gaza by trucks. But the organizations didn’t want that, and this alone is a clear sign of the real purpose of the Flotilla. Besides, one of the main organizers of the Flotilla is the Turkish IHH, which is a radical Islamic organization with ties to Islamic terrorist groups.

  8. avatar haantje33 says:

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