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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aid to Gaza increases - and so do rocket attacks

As night follows day, the number of rocket and mortar attacks are increasing as Israel continues to loosen restrictions on Gaza.

Today, Israel plans to send more than double the amount of aid to Gaza that it has been sending - some 350 trucks. The types of items being sent in has also increased dramatically - here are the figures from last Thursday (via email):


Merchandise
Truckloads
Weight (tons)
Private Sector
Food
Rice
1
40
Candies
6
112
Produce (Fruits and Vegetables)
13
260
Meat, Chicken and Fish Products
4
58
Cakes
4
41
Dairy Products
5
66
Mixed\ Additional Food Products
16
339
Candies and Cakes
1
12
Sugar
3
103
Education items
Equipment For Schools
15
304
Toys and Equipment for School
1
7
Inputs to Agriculture
Fishing weirs
2
26
Wood Profiles for Hothouses
5
124
Parasols
1
15
Other
Aluminum
1
13
Bags
1
10
House wear
1
20
Kitchen wear
9
115
Wood Profiles
4
127
Medicine and Medical Equipment
3
21
Input to Agriculture
4
74
Glass
1
30
Toys
2
15
Hygiene Products
3
25
Clothing and Footwear
5
51
International Organizations
WFP
Dairy Products
1
14
UNRWA
Juice
2
50
Cooking Oil
13
230
ICRC
Hygiene Products
1
5
Overall Total
128
2,307

At the exact same time, the number of rocket and mortar attacks has increased just as dramatically:

6/21 Two attacks, at least 5 mortars
6/24 12 mortars (3 fell short) and one Qassam rocket
6/28 - 1 mortar
6/29 - Two mortars claimed
6/30 - Qassam, causing damage

Think there is a causal relationship?