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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
5 August 2008
Report No. 71
Implementation of the Agreement on Movement and Access
and Update on Gaza Crossings
(23 July - 05 August 2008)
The United Nations is submitting the 71
bi-weekly report on the implementation of the 15 November 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access (AMA)
, covering the period 23 July - 05 August 2008 (Annex)
. In light of the closure of Gaza, this report also monitors movement and access through other crossings not included in the AMA.
crossing has remained closed for the movement of people for 423 working days since it was last opened on 09 June 2007. However, 28 medical cases from Gaza were allowed to cross on 04 August when the crossing opened for a few hours. No one was allowed to cross into the Gaza Strip during the reporting period.
crossing has been closed since 12 June 2007 for the movement of goods in and out of Gaza. The single-lane conveyor belt/chute located outside the compound, was operational for the import of cereals, animal feed and gravel on eight days (23,24,27,28,29,30,31 July and 04 August) including four days in which also operated for gravel imports. In the previous reporting period, the belt/chute was operational on nine days. Overall, 1,298 truckloads of cereals, animal feed and gravel (accounted for 984 truckloads) entered Gaza, via the conveyor belt, compared to 1,548 in the previous reporting period.
crossing has remained closed for more than two years since March 2006 for workers, and more than a year, since 12 June 2007, for all other Palestinians, except for a limited number of Palestinian traders, aid workers and medical cases who have been granted special permits. For these persons, Erez crossing was partially open 12 out of the 14 scheduled days.
Obstacles to movement in the West Bank
has remained at 610, being the same as reported during the previous reporting period. Overall, the figure of 610 represents an increase of 234 obstacles (62.2%) over the baseline figure (376) of August 2005.
Convoys between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank:
Truck convoys -
Implementation now 30 months overdue (since mid-January 2006).
- Implementation now 31 months overdue (since mid-December 2005).
Awaiting GoI assurance of non-interference with the seaport operation.
- Awaiting commencement of discussions since November 2005.
crossing was open on 11 days compared to 12 days in the previous reporting period. A total of 903 truckloads, including 36 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza.
crossing was closed on all days during the reporting period. It was last opened on 19 April 08.
Nahal Oz crossing
was open on 9 out of 12 scheduled days including one day in which it was partially opened. 197,050 liters of petrol (14,075 lit/day), 2,423,840 liters of diesel (173,131 lit/day), 1,372 tonnes of cooking gas (98 tonnes/day) and 5,325,900 liters of industrial gas for the power plant (380,421/day) were allowed entry.
Overall, 2,201 truckloads, including 36 truckloads from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza during this period compared to 2,402 truckloads allowed in during the previous reporting period.
The United Nations, through the OCHA oPt office, has assumed reporting responsibilities on the implementation of the AMA since April 2006.
The AMA was negotiated by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to promote peaceful economic development and improve the humanitarian situation on the ground. It represents the commitments of both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take the necessary steps s to facilitate access and movement into/out and throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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