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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
17 February 2004

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

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes
Update for oPt (11 - 17 February 2004)

INSIDEINSIDE: Situation in Gaza -- Casualties -- Incidents involving ambulances -- Curfew -- House demolition -- Land levelling/confiscation -- Checkpoints/roadblocks/Separation Wall/restrictions on movement -- Access to Schools -- Labour movement to Israel -- Other incidents -- Appendix -- Closure status January 2004

1. Situation in Gaza

During the last week, 16 Palestinians have been killed during IDF military operations in Gaza. For the second time this year, Gaza city was exposed to a major IDF incursion that left 12 dead and a further 44 injured when at least 15 tanks and four bulldozers entered the eastern neighbourhood of Al Shuja’ia. Simultaneously, another 20 IDF tanks and bulldozers supported by two helicopters advanced at least one kilometre from the border line into Block J of Rafah Camp). During this incursion, three people were killed and 17 injured. IDF bulldozers completely destroyed 6 houses and bulldozed the main (East-West) Rafah road, while conducting house to house searches in Block J and Zuruf area.

2. Casualties
Palestinians: 17 deaths (approximately), 95 injured (approximately)
0 deaths, 1 injured

3. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams
Denial of access: 2 incidents (one among the delayed)
Delay (35-90 min.): 6 incidents
Harassment/Abuse of medical crew: 1 incident
Shooting/Damage to ambulance: 2 incidents

4. Curfews

Curfews were reported in the following locations: Al Masara, Khallet al - Haddad, Umm Salamuna, Jura ash – Sham’a and Marah Muala and Wad An-Nis Jourat (one day).

5. House demolitions/Demolition Orders

6. Land levelling/confiscation
7. 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 crossings/checkpoints
The enclosed areas:
8. Access to schools
Tulkarm/Baqa Ash Sharqiya gate:
9. Labour movement to Israel

West Bank:
Tulkarem/Qalqilya: All work permits to Israel proper are still under suspension as a consequence of the incidence that took place in Tel Aviv on 25 December. However, a further total of 235 trader permits over the past week have been issued for Qalqilya and another 329 for Tulkarem. Since these trader permits only are valid for one month, most of the new permits are thus renewals of permits that have expired.

Entry is still only granted to workers over 35 years of age, a seven-year increase from the previous minimum age of 28. Passage through Erez is very problematic on account of the suicide bombing that took place on January 14. IDF is still forcing workers to show their legs and raise their shirts before allowing passage through the checkpoint. Regular injuries are still being reported on account of the congestion.

10,536 permits to enter Israel were issued to Palestinian agricultural and construction workers and 1,323 traders.

10. Other incidents

Tulkarm/Qalqiliya governorates
Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates
Ramallah/Al-Bireh/Beituniya governorates:
Hebron/Bethlehem governorates:

(Source: OCHA field units, UNRWA, UNSCO, PRCS, MoH, UHHC, Governors’ office, Israeli MoFA & IDF web sites, Al Mizan, PCHR)


Appendix: Checkpoints Status 11 - 17 February 2004


Commercial checkpoints:

Road Gates

Separation Barrier Gates

Closure Status - January 2004

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