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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
20 April 2004


OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS

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

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes
Update for oPt (14 - 20 April 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: 16 deaths, 144 injured
Israelis:
1 death, 5 injured

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

2. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams

Denial of access: 2 incidents (an ambulance was transporting two children, one of them with cancer).
Delay (55-150 mins.): 3 incidents
Physical/Verbal abuse of Medical team: 1 incident
Shooting/Damage to Ambulance: 2 incidents

Sources: PRCS


3. Curfews

Curfews were reported in the following locations:


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: Gaza 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 16.30. 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.

Since 17 April 2004, As-Seafa gate completely closed, with no movement allowed.

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. Movement restricted by the IDF with the entry-exit gate opening four times daily for Al Ma'ni ID holders from 06:30 to 07:30, 10:30 to 11:30, 13:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 17:00. Sources: OCHA FCU, UNSCO, UNRWA

7. Education

8. Labour movement to Israel

West Bank:
Gaza:
- 11,429 workers holding valid work permits were not allowed to cross the Green Line due to the imposed closure. Since 22 March 2004, Erez checkpoint has been closed for Palestinian workers but partially reopened for some tens of Palestinian traders aged 28 and above, on 28 March 2004 and re-closed on 18 April 2004.
9. Other:
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Appendix: Checkpoints Status 07 - 13 April 2004








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