New documents detailing the closure policy in the Gaza Strip released to Gisha, including procedures for transfer of construction materials

Among other procedures, the documents describe the procedures for bringing construction materials into the Strip for humanitarian projects managed by international organizations. For example, the organizations are requested to provide the authorities with photographs of the project and confirmation from various sources for the project's location, among other things. International organizations claim that the procedures significantly increase costs and cause severe delays for humanitarian projects, even as Hamas easily obtains construction materials through the smuggling tunnels.

The documents were released following a Freedom of Information petition filed by Gisha (Petition 22775-02-11) with the Tel Aviv District Court in February 2011. COGAT began releasing the documents, batch by batch, in May 2011.

To view previous documents released regarding the closure policy, click here.

To view COGAT's cover letter detailing the documents released, click here.

To view a translation of Appendix C, regarding procedures for international organizations requesting to bring construction materials into the Strip, click here.

To view all the documents in Hebrew, click here.