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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
31 March 2008
Report No. 58
Implementation of the Agreement on Movement and Access
(23 January – 5 February 2008)
The United Nations is submitting the 58
bi-weekly report on the implementation of the 15 November 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access (AMA), covering the period 23 January – 5 February 2008
The Karni and Rafah crossings remained closed for the movement of goods and people to and from Gaza, except for wheat grain and animal feed at Karni. Erez crossing remained closed for all Palestinians with the exception of urgent medical cases and a limited number of Palestinian staff working for international organizations who require special coordination arrangements with the Israeli District Civil Liaison.
Sufa crossing was open for humanitarian and commercial commodities on 5 days (same as in the previous reporting period). Kerem Shalom was open on 1 out of the 10 scheduled days. Overall, a total of 440 truckloads, including 98 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza, compared to 621 in the previous reporting period (29% decrease). On 23 January, thousands of Palestinians crossed into Egypt through the border wall after it was breached by armed Palestinian men.
Changes of note since Report No. 57 (22 January):
crossing has been generally closed for the movement of people for 227 days (last open 9 June).
crossing has been closed since 12 June for the movement of goods into and out of Gaza. One single-lane conveyor belt/chute for wheat grain and animal feed was open on four days (30 and 31 January and 4 and 5 February) for a total of 27 hours, compared to 20 hours in the previous period. A total of 303 truckloads of grains and animal feed entered Gaza, compared to 217 in the previous reporting period.
crossing was open on 5 days, during which a total of 126 truckloads, including 87 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza.
crossing was open on 1 day for the entry of humanitarian goods, compared to 6 days in the previous reporting period during which both humanitarian and commercial goods were allowed in. An equivalent of 11 truckloads, all from humanitarian agencies, crossed into Gaza through Kerem Shalom, compared to 235 truckloads in the previous period.
crossing remains closed since 12 June for all Palestinians, except for a limited number of Palestinian traders, aid workers and medical cases who have been granted special permits. Erez crossing was open 12 out of the 14 scheduled days. The crossing has been closed since March 2006 for Palestinian workers.
Obstacles to movement in the West Bank
increased from 563 in the previous reporting period to 569. Overall, this represents an increase of 193 obstacles (51.3%) over the baseline figure of August 2005.
No Change since Report No. 57 (22 January):
Convoys between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank:
Implementation now 24 months overdue (since mid-January 2006).
Implementation now 25 months overdue (since mid-December 2005).
Awaiting GoI assurance of non-interference with seaport operation.
Awaiting commencement of discussions since November 2005.
The United Nations, through the OCHA oPt office, has assumed reporting responsibilities on the implementation of the AMA since April 2006.
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