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



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 (28 January - 10 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

Israel resumed its assassination policy on 7 February 2004, when 2 Palestinians including an Islamic Jihad activist and eleven year school boy were killed and 11 people injured, when a vehicle carrying Islamic Jihad activists was targeted by helicopter gun ships.

The death toll has been rising during the last 2 weeks with 21 Palestinians killed during successive IDF operations in Gaza. Rafah is still being exposed to almost daily Israeli incursions. On Sunday 8 February, 2 persons were killed, 20 injured and 14 homes partially demolished as Israeli forces entered the As Salam area.

2. Casualties
Palestinians: 36 deaths, 95 injured
Israelis:
11 deaths, 56 injured (approximately)

3. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams
Denial of access: 4 incidents
Delay (35-180 min.): 8 incidents
Harassment/Abuse of medical crew: 3 incident
Shooting/Damage to ambulance: 1

4. Curfews

Curfews were reported in the following locations: Aiday Camp (2 days), Husan, Battir and Turmuss’aya (1 day)

5. House demolitions/Demolition Orders

09 February: 10 houses in Far’un adjacent to the Separation Barrier received orders to halt construction of the houses. According to the Israeli DCL these houses have been built on illegal background. Residents have been granted the option to takes their cases to the Israeli High Court, which will take a decision on 03 March.




6. Land levelling/confiscation
06 February: IDF started bulldozing land in the area north of Bardala village east of Tubas for the preparation of the Separation Barrier construction.

7. Gaza:



8. 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:
9. Access to schools 10. Labour movement to Israel

West Bank:
Gaza
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 problematic on account of the suicide bombing that took place on January 14. The IDF is requiring workers to show their legs and raise their shirts before being allowed passage. Injuries from congestion are still being reported as workers undergo a “filtration process” that takes place in a tunnel measuring 88 metres by 11 metres.

11,943 permits to enter Israel were issued to Palestinian agricultural and construction workers and 1,343 traders.



11. Other incidents

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

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

END




Appendix: Checkpoints Status 28 January – 10 February 2004


Checkpoints





Commercial checkpoints:




Road Gates



Separation Barrier Gates





Closure Status - January 2004


Closure statistics by Governorate


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