Israeli authorities announced new measures for screening humanitarian aid into Gaza at two key crossings. These changes, set to begin immediately, represent an effort to streamline aid delivery while maintaining security.
Screening at Nitzana and Kerem Shalom Crossings
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) declared that starting Tuesday, integrated security screenings will be conducted at both the Nitzana and Kerem Shalom Crossings.
This decision, according to COGAT, is designed to "improve and upgrade the capabilities and volume of security screening" for aid entering Gaza via the Rafah Crossing in Egypt. COGAT spokesperson Shan Sasson, in a video statement on X (formerly Twitter), explained that the Kerem Shalom crossing will open for checks on shipments originating from El-Arish, an Egyptian town where much of Gaza's aid is assembled.
“The simultaneous security checks at Kerem Shalom and Nitzana crossings will double the volume of aid delivered through the Rafah crossing and admitted into the Gaza Strip,” Sasson said.These enhanced screenings will cover essential supplies such as water, food, medical equipment, and shelter materials.
After the screening, the aid will be forwarded to international organizations in Gaza via the Rafah crossing.
No Direct Entry of Aid from Israel into Gaza
However, it is important to note that no aid will directly enter Gaza from Israel.
COGAT emphasized that all humanitarian aid will continue to enter the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing in Egypt, despite the additional screening processes at the Israeli crossings. The Nitzana crossing, located nearly 50 kilometers from Rafah, along with Kerem Shalom, will play a crucial role in this revised process.
"No supplies will be entering the Gaza Strip from Israel and that all the humanitarian aid entering the Gaza Strip will continue to enter via the Rafah crossing in Egypt."This announcement comes at a time when the volume of aid entering Gaza through the Rafah crossing — currently between 60 and 100 trucks daily — is deemed insufficient by the United Nations and other agencies to address the humanitarian crisis in the territory.