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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
30 December 2003

P.O. Box 38712 East Jerusalem
Phone: (972) 2 – 5829962 / 5825853, Fax: (972) 2 – 5825841

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes
Update for oPt (24 - 30 December 2003)

INSIDEINSIDE: Casualties -- Incidents involving ambulances -- Curfew -- House demolition -- Land levelling/confiscation -- Checkpoints/roadblocks/Separation Wall/restrictions on movement -- Access to Schools -- Labour movement to Israel -- Other incidents

1. Casualties

Palestinians: 11 deaths, 128 injured
4 deaths, 25 injured (approximately)
Internationals: 1 injured

2. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams

Denial of access: 5 incidents
Delay (40 min - 7 hrs.):
8 incidents

3. Curfews

Curfews were reported in the following locations: Balata refugee camp and Beit Furik (3 days), Nablus, Nablus Old City, and Jaba (2 days), Jammain, Kaf ad Dik, Kafr Malik and Hebron H2 (1 day), Deir Ghassana and Beit Rima (few hours).

4. House demolitions/Demolition Orders
Demolished: 7 houses and 1 2-storey house
Partially demolished: 1 4-storey house

5. Land levelling/confiscation
• 24 December: IDF confiscated 300 dunums (74 acres) in Nabi Salih (Ramallah governorate) for the expansion of Halamish settlement.
• 24 December: Hebron, IDF bulldozed 30 dunums (7.413 acres) in Bani Salim northwest of Kharsina settlement. In addition 50 dunums (12.355 acres) north of Kiryat Arba settlement.
• 29 December: Hebron, IDF bulldozed land in Wadi an Nasara near Kharsina settlement.
• Since 21 December ongoing land levelling near Gilo checkpoint. So far it’s not clear whether the area levelled is for the wall path or for the construction of a commercial back-to-back system.
• Over the past week, bulldozers started uprooting olive trees covering an area of approximately 200 dunums (49.42 acres) between the “Green Line” and the Wall belonging to the villagers of Akkaba. No confiscation orders were handed to the villagers.


6. Checkpoints/roadblocks/Separation Wall/restrictions on movement

- Tulkarm/Qalqiliya governorates:
• Flying checkpoints were erected in various places during the period 24-28 December closing all entrances to Tulkarm following the bus-stop bomb in Tel Aviv on 25 December. Access was only allowed for teachers, students and medical staff. Qalqilya district however remained open during the reporting week.
• Trucks bringing supplies through Baqa Ash Sharqiya gate continue to encounter delays, as the truck drivers are demanded to unload the trucks for checks.
• 25 December: Following the military order that was signed on 11 December by General Moshe Kaplinsky, a huge sign has been erected in front of Kafriat checkpoint informing Israeli citizens that they are no longer allowed to cross the checkpoint into Tulkarm governorate for “security reasons”. The restriction also applies to Taybeh checkpoint through which only specific groups (officials and medical staff) are allowed with prior co-ordination with the Israeli DCL. The number of Palestinians residing in Israel who enter Tulkarem for shopping dropped over the past couple of weeks with an average of 50-60 per day against 200-300 per day before the Intifada.
• Last week, it was reported on a new observed trend in Tulkarem district where teachers, medical staff and suppliers were occasionally requested green permits when crossing the various Wall gates. Tulkarm DCL office confirmed that these groups of people are not required to obtain green permits and there are no plans to introduce this procedure.
• As reported previously, the following agricultural gates remained closed during the week: Qalqilya south, Zeita south, Attil, Salman, Isla, Jayyous south and Izbat Jalud.
• Construction of the Wall between Zeita and Qaffin through Nazlat Issa is in the final stages of completion.

- Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates:

Jerusalem/Jericho governorates:

Bethlehem/Hebron governorates:

The enclosed areas:
7. Access to Schools: 8. Labour movement to Israel

West Bank:

9. Other incidents

Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates
Tulkare/Qalqiliya governorates
Hebron/Bethlehem governorates:
(Source: OCHA field units, UNRWA, UNSCO, PRCS, MoH, UHHC, Governors’ office, Israeli MoFA & IDF web sites, Al Mizan, PCHR)


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