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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
31 March 2008



Report No. 56
Implementation of the Agreement on Movement and Access
(26 December 2007 – 8 January 2008)



The United Nations is submitting the 56th bi-weekly report on the implementation of the 15 November 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access (AMA), covering the period 26 December 2007 – 8 January 20081.

Overall Progress:
No significant progress is reported: The Karni and Rafah crossings remained closed for the movement of goods and people to and from Gaza, except for wheat grain and animal feed at Karni. Erez crossing remained closed for all Palestinians except for those with special coordination arrangements with the Israeli District Civil Liaison. Sufa crossing was open for humanitarian and commercial commodities on 8 days, compared to 3 days in the previous reporting period. Kerem Shalom was open on all 10 scheduled days. Overall, a total of 954 truckloads, including 143 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza between 26 December and 8 January, compared to 862 in the previous reporting period.

Changes of note since Report No. 55 (25 December):
Rafah crossing has been generally closed for the movement of people for 199 days (last open 9 June).
Karni crossing has been closed since 12 June for the movement of goods into and out of Gaza. One single-lane conveyor belt/chute which has been operational since mid June for wheat grain and animal feed on an average of two days per week was open only three days (31 December and 3 and 7 January) for a total of 22 hours, compared to 26 hours in the previous period. A total of 194 truckloads of grains and animal feed entered Gaza, compared to 232 in the previous reporting period.
Sufa crossing was open on 8 days for the entry of commercial and humanitarian goods. A total of 223 truckloads, including 106 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed through.
Kerem Shalom crossing was open on 10 days for the entry of commercial and humanitarian goods (same as in the previous reporting period). An equivalent of 537 truckloads, including 37 from humanitarian agencies, crossed into Gaza through Kerem Shalom, compared to 447 truckloads in the previous period.
Erez crossing remains closed since 12 June for all Palestinians, except for a limited number of Palestinian traders, aid workers and medical cases who have been granted special permits. In this reporting period, Erez was open 12 out of the 14 scheduled days, and an average of 1 trader per day crossed through Erez into Israel. The crossing has been closed since March 2006 for Palestinian workers.
Obstacles to movement in the West Bank remained the same as in the previous reporting period. Overall, an increase of 187 obstacles (49.7%) is reported over the baseline figure of August 2005.

No Change since Report No. 55 (25 December):


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1 The United Nations, through the OCHA oPt office, has assumed reporting responsibilities on the implementation of the AMA since April 2006.

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