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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
6 July 2004


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

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes
Update for oPt (30June - 06 July 2004)

INSIDEINSIDE: Casualties -- Incidents involving ambulances -- Curfew -- House demolition/Demolition orders/People displaced -- Land levelling/confiscation -- Checkpoints/roadblocks/Barrier/restrictions on movement -- Education -- Labour movement to Israel -- Other -- Appendix

1. Casualties
Palestinians: 27 deaths, 90 injured
Israelis: 3 deaths, 4 injured

Sources: OCHA FCU, PRCS, UNRWA, IDF website, Israeli MoFA.

2. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams

With the closure of Abu Houli checkpoint on 30 June, 01 and 2 July, MoH and PRCS ambulance operations between Gaza South and Gaza middle-north ceased completely.
Denial of access: 1 incident
Delay (1 – 2 hours): 2 incident (in one incident a patient died due to the delay at Allenby Bridge)
Shooting/Damage to Ambulance: 1incident
Abuse of Medical crew: 1 incident

Sources: PRCS

3. Curfews
Curfew was reported in the following location:

Sources: OCHA FCU

4. House demolitions/Demolition Orders/People Displaced

Sources: OCHA FCU, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, PCHR

5. Land levelling/Confiscation1

West Bank:
Sources: OCHA FCU

1 4 dunums = 1 acre

6. Closure2/Restrictions on movement

Tulkarm/Qalqiliya/Salfit governorates:
2 For a reference West Bank checkpoint map please check the following link:

Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates:
Ramallah/al-Bireh governorate:
Jerusalem/Jericho governorates:

Bethlehem/Hebron governorates:
The enclosed areas in Gaza:
As-Seafa: Movement remains restricted by the IDF; the entry-exit gate opens twice daily for As-Seafa ID holders from 06:30 to 08:30 and 14:00 to 16:30. Vehicles have not been permitted to enter since November 2000, with the exception of international agencies that have undertaken prior coordination with the IDF. Since 17 April 2004, the As-Seafa gate has been largely closed, with very restricted movement.
Since 22 April 2004 the IDF has allowed only 3-4 people to go in and out, for one time only with prior coordination in order to bring food in.
Al-Mawassi: IDF restrictions remain, with the entry-exit gate at Tuffah checkpoint opening twice daily for Al Mawassi ID holders from 08.00 to 13.00 and 14.30 to 17.00. Since 10 May 2004, males aged below 30 years, are required to have prior coordination to move though Tuffah checkpoint. Since 06 June 2004, prior coordination is required for unmarried females aged 18-25. Vehicles are not allowed to pass, with the exception of international agencies that have undertaken prior coordination with the IDF.

Kfar Darom: The Palestinian area adjacent to Kfar Darom settlement was declared a Closed Military Zone following a suicide attack on 27 February 2004. Since 20 July 2002 no vehicular movement has been allowed as the IDF erected a fence around the area. Movement restricted by the IDF with the entry-exit gate opening four times daily for Al Maa’ni ID holders only from 06:30 to 07:30, 10:30 to 11:30, 13:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 17:00.

Beit Hanoun:
On 29 June 2004, Gaza North town of Beit Hanoun was declared a closed military area following the Qassam rocket attack on Sederot on June 28th. All roads leading in and out of the area are blocked by sand barriers and/or trenches. Salah Ed Din street is blocked by two big sand barriers at Beit Lahia – Jaballia junction and at the by pass road south of Erez. As a result, motor vehicles are not allowed to enter with the exception of international agencies that have to undertake a prior coordination with the IDF.


7. Labour movement to Israel

West Bank:
• No new work or trader permits have been issued last week for Salfit and Qalqilya. In Tulkarm, 10 new work permits were issued and no trade permits. The total number of work permits in Tulkarm is 750. The total of trade permits in Tulkarm is 900, 600 in Qalqilya and 300 for Salfit.
• According to Palestinian DCL in Tulkarm, the processing of “green permits” has been suspended over the last ten days due to holidays at the Israeli DCL. More than 100 applications are pending. In general, there are increased difficulties for farmers in obtaining green permits. Apart from security concerns, often applications are not being accepted due to failure in presenting correct and duly signed documents of ownership. Over a period of three months from February to June, the Palestinian DCL reported that only 571 out of 1242 applications in Tulkarm governorate were approved. Typically, farmers receive a permit valid for three months whereas permanent residents behind the Barrier receive “green permits” valid between 6 and 12 months.
• The agricultural gate in Qaffin soon will be open for farmers (the IDF has announced that this gate only will be open during harvest season), the farmers of Qaffin submitted a total of 161 applications some three months ago. Only one has been approved.
• The Israeli authorities have issued 500 work permits for Atarot industrial estate for Palestinians from the Ramallah area. A confirmation of employment by an Israeli employer is requested for works before applying for the permits.
• In Hebron, 1392 new permits were issued for traders and 855 permits were issued for workers for three months period this month. 262 permits were issued for the bypass roads.
• In Bethlehem, 989 new permits were issued for workers for three months period. No permits were issued for traders this month.

• A total of 1067 permits have been issued for workers and 383 permits for traders aged 35 and above. However, only several hundred workers and traders were actually allowed to enter.


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