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June 09, 2009

Open, Shut Case

Once again, Ha'aretz is wrong on the Gaza crossings. Today's article about the thwarted terror attack at Israel's border with Gaza yesterday, errs:

Israel closed the crossings into Gaza following the attack.

While the Nahal Oz fuel terminal and Karni crossing were closed, the Erez and Keren Shalom crossing continued to operate, the latter receiving 141 trucks. As the Palestinian Maan News Agency reported yesterday afternoon (15:40):

Israel opened the Gaza Strip's Kerem Shalom crossing for the transfer of humanitarian aid but closed the Karni crossing and the Nahal Oz fuel terminal on Tuesday.

According to Palestinian border official Raed Fattouh, 141 truckloads of supplies were delivered to the Kerem Shalom crossing. A truck loaded with chlorine was also allowed to transfer its delivery to the Palestinian Water Authority.

Fattouh said that Israel informed the Palestinian side that the Karni grain terminal and the Nahal Oz fuel terminal would both be closed.

Furthermore, the Government Press Office yesterday sent a news release from the IDF's Spokesman's Office to journalists as early as 15:00 stating:

Despite the attack thwarted this morning on the Gaza Strip security fence, 30,000 vaccine units for the foot-and-mouth disease were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing. 125,000 vaccine units were transferred to the Gaza Strip in the passed three months in three different transfers, due to the importance of preventing the outburst of the disease.

In addition, humanitarian aid transferred daily to the Gaza Strip, is scheduled to be transferred via the Kerem Shalom crossing. 140 truckloads of various humanitarian aid is scheduled to pass today. The Erez terminal will also be open.

Posted by TS at June 9, 2009 06:21 AM


Ha'aretz gets widely blindly quoted by the International media and translated into many different languages, there should be more scrutiny on them.

Posted by: vnb at June 9, 2009 06:48 AM

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