F) Middle East Region: (1) Palestinian Territories
1) Palestinian Territories
(a) The FAO-WFP Food Security Assessment Mission is scheduled to start at the beginning of February. The work plan and logistic arrangements are being established.
(b) Agricultural land was confiscated by the Israeli authorities in Tulkarm governorate (West Bank) for the building of a security wall that will create a military zone between the green line and the area where 20,000 Palestinians now live. New procedures have been imposed by the IDF restricting the movement of Palestinians. No Palestinian below the age of 35 is allowed to travel abroad.
(c) According to the Ministry of Health, the health conditions in the West Bank and Gaza are very critical. A study conducted by the University of Hopkins (USA) and University of Al-Quds (Palestine) in co-ordination with USAID showed that the health conditions and care services have been seriously affected by the curfews and closures imposed on the Palestinians during the past two months. This study shows that only 33 percent of the people have received necessary emergency services and only 21 percent of pregnant women who required care received it as well as 40 percent of people with periodical and long term diseases, like diabetes and cancer.
(d) During the first half of January, WFP, in collaboration with PARC, CRS and MSA, distributed 575 tons of food to over 5,300 vulnerable families living in Nablus, Jenin, Tubas, Tulkarm, Hebron, Bethlehem and Jericho Governorates.