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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
30 March 2004


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

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes
Update for oPt (23 - 30 March 2004)

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

1. Casualties

Palestinians: 12 deaths, 85 injured
0 deaths, 2 injured

2. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams

Denial of access: 3 incidents
Delay (45 mins - 5 hours): 19 incidents
Abuse of medical staff: 1 incident

3. Curfews

Curfews were reported in the following locations: Huwwara and Hebron H2 (2 days), Beir Ummar, Tuqu, al Yamun, Tura al Gharbiya, Silat adh Dhaher and Sabastiya (1 day)

4. House demolitions/Demolition Orders

5. Land levelling/confiscation1

West Bank:
Gaza: 6. Checkpoints/roadblocks/Separation Barrier/Restrictions on movement

Tulkarm/Qalqiliya governorates: Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates: Ramallah/al-Bireh/Beituniya governorates: Jerusalem/Jericho governorates: Bethlehem/Hebron governorates:

From 29 March at 6.00 all UN staff was instructed by UN headquarters to no longer cross the Erez terminal by foot when entering and leaving Gaza. With the exception of UN diplomatic passport holders, no UN staff has been able to cross Erez by vehicle since 6 March when Palestinian militias launched an attack.

The enclosed areas in Gaza:
As-Seafa: Movement remains restricted by the IDF with the entry-exit gate opening twice daily for As-Seafa ID holders from 06:30 to 08:30 and 14.00 to 16.00. Motor vehicles are not allowed to enter since November 2000, with the exception of international agencies that have undertaken prior coordination with the IDF. Since 28 January 2004, IDF started to allow women to get in and out of As-Seafa but movement is subject to body search and with 24 hours prior coordination.

Al-Mawassi: IDF imposed restrictions remain, with the entry-exit gate at Tuffah checkpoint opening twice daily for Al Mawassi ID holders from 07.00 to 09.00 and 14.30 to 17.00.

No passage is possible for male Al Mawassi ID holders aged 15-23 without prior coordination. Youths aged below 15 must be accompanied by a guardian. Motor vehicles are not allowed to enter, 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 20/7/2003 no vehicular movement was allowed as the IDF erected a fence around the area.

7. Education
8. Labour movement to Israel

West Bank:
Since 22 March 2004, Erez checkpoint was closed for Palestinian workers but partially reopened for some tens of Palestinian traders aged 28 and above, on 28 March. Erez Industrial Zone was reopened for Palestinian workers as of 28 March 2004.


Appendix: Checkpoints Status 23 - 30 March 2004

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