A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Occupied Palestinian Territory, (3) Pakistan, and (4) Afghanistan
2) Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt)
(a) The cease-fire initiated in June between the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and the Palestinian resistance groups (Hamas, Islamic Jehad and Fatah) remained in effect through out the month of July. The security situation improved with a significant drop in incitements with sparse military operations by the IDF in the oPt.
(b) UN staff movements around and between the West Bank and Gaza Strip were eased during the month of July. WFP national staff from Jerusalem was given permission to enter Gaza, and likewise, Gaza national staff was able to attend a workshop in the West Bank. Although, movement and closure restrictions imposed on the Palestinian people and commercial goods have increased particularly in the West Bank.
(c) The project to purchase olive oil from poor farmers in the West Bank continued in its final phase of implementation. The 272Mt. of oil was tested and purchased. After intense negotiation by WFP, the IDF allowed the oil to enter Gaza for distribution to beneficiaries. Payment to the farmers participating in the project is ongoing.
(d) The new EMOP 10289 was approved and became effective on July 1. The new programme covers a caseload of 530,000 beneficiaries for a 12-month period with an amount of 70,842MT of food commodities. Targeted beneficiaries are those affected by the present intifada that have recently become food insecure due to the loss of their livelihood. The new operations also tend to the chronic poor, populations affected by the Separation Wall, malnourished children and institutions.
(e) During the month of July a total quantity of 4,307 Mt. of mixed food commodities were distributed to some 272,000 beneficiaries in the oPt. A quantity of 2,010 Mt. of food commodities arrived in the oPt through the port of Ashdod.
(f) A delegation from AUS AID and the Australian Embassy in Israel visited on 3 July WFP's programmes of FFW and institutional feeding implemented in District of Hebron in the south of the West Bank.
Note: All tonnage figures in this report refer to metric tonnes.