New Developments since 17 March
• For the second time in 2009, the Israeli High Court approved the demolition of a house in East Jerusalem as a “deterrent” measure. The house belongs to the family of a Palestinian who committed an attack in West Jerusalem in July 2008, killing three Israelis.
• The Israeli Civil Administration demolished three residential structures and one animal structure in Area C, just outside East Jerusalem, displacing 25 people, including 15 children.
• Nine truckloads carrying supplies needed for water projects were allowed into Gaza, including one carrying cement. However, due to restrictions on the entry of other essential materials, including water pipes, the benefit of these supplies is limited.
• Following a two-day-long drastic reduction in electricity production due to a technical failure, the Gaza Power Plant increased its production to 50 Megawatts (MW) (10MWs below the level of the past few weeks). As a result, scheduled power cuts declined from 8-12 hours/day to 4-5 hours/day.