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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
20 July 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

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes Update for oPt (14 – 20 July 2004)


INSIDEINSIDE: Casualties -- Incidents involving ambulances -- Curfew -- House demolition/Demolition orders/People displaced -- Land levelling/confiscation -- Closures/restrictions on movement -- Labour movement to Israel -- Other -- Appendix


1. Casualties

Palestinians:
8 deaths
43 injured
Israelis:
0 death
2 injured

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


2. Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams
Denial of access : 4 incidents

Delay (up to 1 hour): 5 incidents Shooting/Damage to Ambulance: 0 incidents
Detention of medical crew: 1 incident

Additional information:
Sources: OCHA FCU, PRCS

3. Curfews

Curfew was reported in the following location:

Date
Location
Number of days/hours
14 June 04 Al Khadr old town, Bethlehem12 Hours
15 July Kfar Dik, Salfit 1 day
15 July Salem, Nablus 1 day
19 July Seida, Tulkarm 1 day
19 July Illar, Tulkarm 1 day

Sources: OCHA FCU

4. House demolitions/Demolition Orders/People Displaced

5. Land levelling/Confiscation1



Sources: OCHA FCU

1 4 dunums = 1 acre


6. Closure 2 /Restrictions on movement Tulkarm/Qalqiliya/Salfit governorates:
2 For a reference West Bank checkpoint map please check the following link: http://www.reliefweb.int/hic-opt/maps/Closure/mar/checkpoints_march04.pdf


Nablus/Jenin/Tubas governorates:

Ramallah/al-Bireh governorate:

Jerusalem/Jericho governorates: Bethlehem/Hebron governorates:

Gaza

The enclosed areas in Gaza:
As-Seafa: Movement remains restricted by the IDF; the entry-exit gate opens twice daily for As-Seafa ID holders from 06:30 to 08:30 and 14:00 to 16:30. Vehicles have not been permitted to enter since November 2000, with the exception of international agencies that have undertaken prior coordination with the IDF. Since 17 April 2004, the As-Seafa gate has been largely closed, with very restricted movement. Since 22 April 2004 the IDF has allowed only 3-4 people to go in and out, for one time only, with prior coordination, in order to bring food in.
Al-Mawassi: IDF restrictions remain, with the entry-exit gate at Tuffah checkpoint opening twice daily for Al Mawassi ID holders from 08.00 to 13.00 and 14.30 to 17.00. Since 10 May 2004 , males aged below 30 years, are required to have prior coordination to move though Tuffah checkpoint. Since 06 June 2004 , prior coordination is required for unmarried females aged 18-25. Vehicles are not allowed to pass, with the exception of international agencies that have undertaken prior coordination with the IDF.
Kfar Darom: The Palestinian area adjacent to Kfar Darom settlement was declared a Closed Military Zone following a suicide attack on 27 February 2004. Since 20 July 2002 no vehicular movement has been allowed and the IDF erected a fence around the area. Movement restricted by the IDF with the entry-exit gate opening four times daily for Al Maa’ni ID holders only from 06:30 to 07:30, 10:30 to 11:30, 13:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 17:00.

Beit Hanoun:
On 29 June 2004, the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun was declared a closed military area following a Qassam rocket attack on Sederot on June 28 th , which killed two Israelis. All roads leading in and out of Beit Hanoun are blocked by sand barriers and/or trenches. Salah Ed Din street is blocked by two large sand barriers at Beit Lahia – Jaballia junction and at the by pass road south of Erez. As a result, vehicles are not allowed to enter with the exception of international agencies that have undertaken prior coordination with the IDF.
Source OCHA FCUs, UNSCO and UNRWA


7. Water:
8. Labour movement to Israel

Sources: OCHA FCU, UNSCO, PMG


9. Other:
• The IDF has established a new military point on a hill behind the northern gate in Jayyous together with a number of tents and caravans.
18 July : IDF entered Bizzariya village (Nablus), firing sound bombs, tear gas and rounds in the air. Alia Mana'a 55 who suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes died after panicking. Her family could not evacuate her while the IDF was near her house.
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