Despite the fact that the Gaza Strip is controlled by Hamas - an organization that has fired more than 10,000 rockets at Israel and has declared its intention to eliminate the Jewish State - Israel continues to facilitate the entry of humanitarian supplies into the Gaza Strip for the benefit of the civilian population.
In June 2010, the government outlined its new policy towards the Gaza Strip, and agreed to liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza while expanding the inflow of materials for civilian projects under international supervision.
According to the new policy, whatever is not on the restricted list will be allowed into the Gaza Strip.
Essential food products including meat, chicken and fish, grains and legumes, fresh vegetables, dairy products, oil, flour, salt and sugar, in addition to animal feed, hygiene products, clothing, school supplies, medicines and medical supplies have always been among the goods that are regularly delivered to Gaza. A wide variety of commodities have been added: spices, cakes and candies, toys, cosmetic products, housewares and other items according to the demands of the vendors and the customers.
The only goods that are currently restricted are arms, weapons and various war materials, and certain items that have military as well as civilian applications.
The amount and variety of goods entering Gaza every day has increased heavily since 2010 and work is being done to increase the capacity of the land crossings. For example, the capacity of the Kerem Shalom crossing has increased by 210% over the past year - 250 trucks can now pass per day as opposed to the priot average of 85.
Listed below are the monthly statistics regarding delivery of Israeli humanitarian aid to Gaza since June 2010