Assistance to civilian population in Gaza during Pillar of Defense
Throughout Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012, the Israeli defense
establishment, international organizations and governmental representatives
worked to provide assistance to meet the needs of the civilian population in
(Communicated by COGAT - Coordination of Government Activities in the
In November 2012, in response to the escalating attacks from Hamas and other
terror groups in the Gaza Strip (including 787 rockets that landed in Israel
since the start of 2012), Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense, as a
necessary action to protect Israel's civilians.
Throughout the 8-day operation, the Coordination of Government Activities in
the Territories (COGAT), and COGAT's field representatives in the
Coordination and Liaison Administration to Gaza (CLA Gaza) worked with the
IDF, other branches of the Israeli defense establishment, international
organizations and governmental representatives in order to provide
assistance for the needs of the civilian population in Gaza.
While Hamas actively exploits and endangers their civilians, COGAT's
activities are yet another example of the measures that Israel takes to
minimize casualties and harm amongst that very same population.
Erez Crossing, the pedestrian terminal between Israel and Gaza, was fully
operational for emergency evacuations throughout Pillar of Defense.
While the Kerem Shalom Crossing, the commercial goods terminal between
Israel and Gaza, was open for three days of the operation, the threat of
rocket fire kept wary truck drivers on both sides of the border away, and
rockets were actually fired towards the crossing during the transfer of
Throughout Operation Pillar of Defense, food stores in Gaza remained at high
COGAT placed special emphasis on prioritizing health related requests,
whether supply requests or exit permits for treatment in Israel.
Israel continued to supply 125 MW of electricity to Gaza through the 10
electrical lines connecting Israel and the Strip.
Read the complete COGAT report detailing assistance to the civilian
population of the Gaza Strip during Operation Pillar of Defense (14-21