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Hamas terrorist activities in Israel and retaliatory strikes/blockade of Gaza has created growing humanitarian concern in the area. Refugees are moving south within Gaza ahead of a ground offensive. Electricity and power us shut off & many hospitals are running on generators only. Huge refugee movements.


Pictures from Egyptian State TV regards Raffah border crossing & the damages from airstrikes received.

Access into Israel

Most Western major airlines have stopped operations into Israeli airports, with rocket fire reported even around Tel Aviv airport. El Al  and other Israel cargo flights from LGG are still operating as of 16/10 as well as  Israir pax flights + some charter svcs also. Main international airport of arrival is TLV/Tel Aviv.  Main sea port is Ashdod & Haifa. Inland access to Jerusalem possible. Humanitarian shpts unlikely to be licensed or pay duties, some shpts can be subjected 17% VAT if not exempted.

Access into West Bank Area

This is usually possible via TLV airport (air) or Ashdod/Haifa port and access is seen to be still possible for humanitarian aid, despite heightened tension. There is NO access into West Bank area via Jordan currently. Amman/AMM Queen Alia International airport is an air hub & UNHAS hub.

Access into Gaza Strip

As of 17/10 there is no overland access at all either to/from Gaza using the border with Egypt at Rafah crossing. The border remains closed despite media reports and refugees are accruing on Palestine side. Airstrike damage is reported on the Palestine side of Rafah border. Egyptian MOFA issued a statement on 12-Oct re-iterating that the border is not closed by design and will be used to send humanitarian relief to Gaza as soon as repair works can be done. For the moment, all aid cargo is accruing in Egypt or in truckloads in Sinai province waiting to move across the border and/or to serve refugees coming to EG.

** Update 17/10 morning time.  A large convoy of trucks loaded with aid has arrived 17/10 morning at Raffah border waiting to cross. **

EG Gov has designated Al Arish (AAC) airport as international government & partner bilateral aid delivery arrival airport. The airport has a main-deck loader (military K-loader) and has already welcomed military flights and larger freighter charters. Reportedly, aid cargo is being staged in a local football stadium + car park & govt/Egyptian Red Crescent facilities. It is deemed possible to ship air freight via CAI in transit for Gaza  and with the same procedure for ocean freight via Sokna Port. The containers are unloaded at port yards and loaded onto local trucks for transport to Gaza border area.  ** Cost of land transport will be very high due to unknown waiting times **. There is a security check procedure in Sinai province in addition to likely long waiting times at Rafah border. Transit shipments Via EG should not attract duties or taxes, however consignee should have a co-operation protocol with EG Red Crescent or other gov body. Pre-approvals are likely required prior to shipping.

The borders with Israel are shut. No trucks are currently going in/out of Gaza under order of Israeli security and government. There are no airports in Gaza. Nothing is going in out of Gaza currently.

More information follows as it’s available.