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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
30 July 2006

Access and Protection


The months of June and July were particularly difficult for the protection of civilians (222 Palestinians killed) and humanitarian access in the oPt. Israel launched a military operation into the Gaza Strip and continued search and arrest campaigns throughout the West Bank. In addition, on 12 July, Israel retaliated strongly to the taking captive of two Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah and this developed into a full scale war in Lebanon between Israel and Hizbollah. The war diverted renewed international efforts to reduce hostilities in the Gaza Strip and address the urgent humanitarian needs there.

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