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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
7 September 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
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OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes
Update for oPt (1 – 7 September 2004)

INSIDE: Casualties . Incidents involving ambulances . Curfew . House demolition/Demolition
orders\People displaced . Land levelling\requisitions . Closure\restrictions on movement .Access to
schools. Labour movement to Israel . Other . Appendix


1. Casualties

Palestinians: 21 deaths, 103 injured
Israelis: 0 deaths, 2 injured

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

2. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams

West Bank

Gaza:
Male Palestinians aged 16 to 35, including patients and those with metal implants, are still not permitted to travel out of the Gaza Strip through Rafah Terminal. The Ministry of Health (MoH) reported that a large number of patients with medical referral documents for necessary treatment abroad have been denied access.

1 September: The dialysis unit, general library and the main entrance of the general surgery department of the MoH Nasser and Mubarak hospitals, in Khan Younis, were damaged during an IDF operation in the nearby Namsawi housing project (Austrian village) area. Medical work in these two hospitals was severely interrupted for at least five hours during the IDF operation.

3 September: A PRCS ambulance was delayed for one hour and ten minutes at Al Tuffah checkpoint when it was transporting a patient from Al Mawassi area to Nasser hospital in Khan Younis.

5 September: Damage to the emergency department of Naser MoH Hospital was reported as a result of nearby IDF shooting.

Denial of access: None reported
Delay (30 minutes – three hours): 5
Shooting/Damage to Ambulance: None reported

Sources: OCHA FCU, PRCS

3. Curfews
Curfew was reported in the following locations:

4. House demolitions/Demolition Orders/People Displaced

West Bank:
1 September: In Hebron, 10 people lost their homes after the IDF destroyed the internal walls of the house belonging to the family of one of the Palestinians involved in the Be’er Sheva bombings. The family received a tent and an emergency kit from the ICRC.
2 September: Nine persons lost their home in the city of Hebron after the IDF damaged the internal walls of their house. The family is related to one of the Palestinians involved in the bombings in Be’er Sheva.
6 September: Seven people lost accommodation when the IDF demolished a two-storey building in Ad Duheisha camp, Bethlehem district. The building belongs to the father of three detainees arrested a year ago.

Gaza:
Six families, 38 persons, were made homeless by demolitions undertaken by the IDF during the reporting period.


5. Land levelling/Requisition1

Sources: OCHA FCU

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6. Closure2/Restrictions on movement


Hebron & Bethlehem Tulkarm/Qalqiliya/Salfit governorates:
Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates: Ramallah/al-Bireh governorate:
Jerusalem/Jericho governorates:

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2 For a reference West Bank checkpoint map please check the following link: http://www.reliefweb.int/hicopt/maps/Closure/mar/checkpoints_march04.pdf



The enclosed areas in Gaza:
Source OCHA FCUs and UNRWA


7. Access to schools:

Schools reopened across the oPt on Wednesday, 1 September.

West Bank:
Gaza:
8. Labour movement to Israel

Sources: OCHA FCU, UNSCO

9. Other:

Hebron Nablus/Jenin/Tubas
Ramallah /Al Bireh
Jerusalem
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