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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
31 December 2007
EMERGENCY APPEAL 2007
Thirty-second progress report: January-June 2007
Palestinian living conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) deteriorated further during the second half of 2007. Following Hamas’s takeover of Gaza in mid-June, after several months of clashes with the rival Fatah movement, the Government of Israel (GoI) imposed a series of punitive measures, which caused major hardship for the 1.4 million residents. These included the closure of major crossing points, restrictions on the entry of ‘non-humanitarian’ goods and a
ban on exports, and reductions in power supplies. Following continued firing of rockets and mortars into Israel from Gaza, the GoI declared Gaza ‘a hostile entity’ in September and enforced further reductions in supplies, including fuel.
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