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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
18 May 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 (12 - 18 May 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: 51 deaths, 174 injured
Israelis:
7 deaths, 5 injured

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

2. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams


Denial of access: 9 incidents (al Zaitoun area and Rafah)
Delay (40 minutes-4 hours): 4 incidents
Shooting/Shelling/Damage to Ambulance: 6 incidents (14 May, a medic was injured while transporting injured to hospital; the ambulance also sustained damages)
Detention of Patient: 1 incident

Sources: FCU, PRCS, UHCC


3. Curfews

Curfews were reported in the following locations:


4. House demolitions/Demolition Orders





5. Land levelling/confiscation1

West Bank: Gaza: 6. Closure2/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.
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 20/7/2002 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.

7. Education


8. Labour movement to Israel

West Bank: Gaza: 9. Other:
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Appendix: Checkpoints Status 12 - 18 May2004







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