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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
29 June 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 (23 - 29 June 2004)

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


1. Casualties

Palestinians:18 deaths, 148 injured
Israelis:
3 deaths (Two in Sderot), 10 injured

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

2. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams

26 June: An UPMRC ambulance was delayed for two hours in the old city of Nablus while trying to evacuate injured Palestinians from the city.
26 June: A PRCS ambulance en route to evacuate Palestinian anti-Barrier demonstrators injured in confrontations with IDF in Al Ram was stopped and denied access at the Al Ram junction. While waiting for permission to pass, a tear gas grenade was fired from the Al Ram checkpoint penetrating the rear windshield of the ambulance causing a fire to break out. The PRCS medics were forced to evacuate and were transported to hospital due to gas inhalation

Sources: PRCS/UPMRC


3. Curfews
Curfews were reported in the following locations:

4. House demolitions/Demolition Orders/People Displaced






5. Land levelling/confiscation1

West Bank: Gaza:
Sources: OCHA FCU

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6. Closure2/Restrictions on movement

Tulkarm/Qalqiliya governorates: ___________ Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates: Ramallah/al-Bireh/Beituniya governorates:
Jerusalem/Jericho governorates:
Bethlehem/Hebron governorates:
The number of valid permits for Hebron National Bus Company was 34, of which 26 for public transport between Hebron and Bethlehem, and 8 for movement between Hebron and Jericho. On 25 and 26 June buses could not move in or out of Hebron because IDF closed the gates on Halhul Bridge. Buses were prevented to enter Bethlehem through Beit Jala DCO checkpoint.
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 17 April 2004, As-Seafa gate was closed; with new movement restrictions imposed. Since 22 April IDF is allowing 3-4 people to go in and out, for one time only with prior coordination in order to bring food in.
Al-Mawassi: 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 17 April 2004, As-Seafa gate was closed; with new movement restrictions imposed. Since 22 April 2004 IDF is allowing 3-4 people to go in and out, for one time only with prior coordination in order to bring food in.
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 July 2002 no vehicular movement has been 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 Maa’ni ID holders only from 06:30 to 07:30, 10:30 to 11:30, 13:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 17:00.

Source OCHA FCUs, UNSCO and UNRWA

7. Education

Nablus/Jenin/Tubas:
Sources: OCHA FCU, UNICEF, UNRWA

8. Labour movement to Israel
Tulkarm/Qalqilya/Salfit:
• No new work or trader permits have been issued over the course of the week. The portion for trader permits currently stands at 1070 for Tulkarem, 600 for Qalqilya and 300 for Salfit.

Jerusalem/Jericho:
• No working permits have been issued to Jericho for the period mid May to mid June.
• The total quota number for commercial trade permits to the municipality is 300. This month – from May 09 to 08 June – a total number of 91 out of a request for 110 permits were approved.
• A total of 541 permits have been issued for workers and 343 permits for traders aged 35 and above. However, some few hundreds were allowed to enter. As of 28 June 2004, workers in both Israel and the industrial estate are not permitted to enter due to newly-declared closure.



9. Other:

• 24-26 June: IDF entered the old city of Nablus as several entrances were closed by earth mounds and barbed wire. A curfew was imposed on the old city lasting for the major part of the operation that saw seven Palestinians killed and five wounded.
28 June: IDF entered Al Yamun village west of Jenin imposing a curfew on the village. Several houses in the village were searched and and water cisterns were reported damaged when IDF used explosives in order to search them.
• During the week: A Bedouin society located between An Nabi Samuel and Biddu has during this last week not received any water since the pipeline they depended on has been cut off due to the Barrier construction in Biddu area.
26-27 June: Border Police at Al Ram fired tear gas grenades and rubber coated metal bullets against Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals demonstrating against the Separation Barrier. Approx. 100 people were injured.
27 June, One IDF soldier was killed and five injured in an explosion set off from a tunnel located under an IDF base at the southern point of Abu Houli checkpoint.
28 June, 2 helicopter missiles were fired at a workshop on the edge of Nuseirat Camp in the Gaza middle area
28 June, in Gaza city 4 rockets were fired at a press office in the Shawa building on Wahda St in the centre of the Gaza city.
• Immediately after the attack against the IDF base (27.June), IDF announced the closure of all internal and external crossings and checkpoints in the Gaza strip.
28 June, two Israelis, including a four-year-old boy, were killed and nine others injured when two home made rockets were fired from Beit Lahia towards Sderot.
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