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World Food Programme (WFP)
14 July 2006
World Food Programme Emergency Report 2006
Issued Weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme
Report No. 28 / 2006 - Date 14 July 2006
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(2) occupied Palestinian territories
(a) During the reporting period (1-14 July), Israeli forces have now withdrawn from most
areas of the Gaza Strip however aerial attacks and hostilities continue. The escalation with Lebanon on Israels’ northern border threatens to affect the security of the whole region and oPt in particular. A WFP staff member and her family were injured by flying glass resulting from an air assault on the building opposite to their house. WFP warehouse in Gaza Strip was the object of an Israeli army incursion, however no food is missing. Consequently, the food is now being transferred to another warehouse in Gaza City.Three field trips to Northern and Southern Gaza were cancelled in Gaza due to security constraints. Access for International and National staff remains difficult through Erez (passenger crossing between Gaza and Israel) owing to the security procedures.
(b) The Israeli military operation (“summer rain”) continues in Gaza Strip. WFP remain concerned about the high humanitarian/ livelihood impacts on the population. There is a strong need to extend the assistance to the New Poor to ensure that this category of people is supported through this difficult period.
(c) A humanitarian corridor for WFP food with several points of entry has been established in response to UN requests, prioritizing the transport of humanitarian goods over commercial goods into Gaza. During the reporting period, WFP has transported 722 tons of wheat flour, oil, sugar and canned meat through the two crossing points of Erez and Karni. After 14 July planned deliveries this figure will reach 900 tons.
(d) WFP now has 20 days of emergency food stocks in Gaza to cover its expanded caseload of 220,000 people – around 50 percent of the non refugee population (16 percent of the total Gaza population). Given the escalating crisis there are growing numbers of people who now need assistance, 70 percent of Gazas 1.4 million population are food insecure, 2/3 are refugees supported by UNRWA.
(e) Power cuts in the hottest time of year continue. Most Gaza residents have power for only 6-8 hours a day. Generators are increasingly difficult to find on the local market. Running a generator costs around $15.5 USD per hour an impossible cost to cover for poor families. The average wage in Gaza is around 14 USD per day (World Bank) and the average family size in Gaza is 7. Only 30 percent of the population are currently receiving an income after the cut of PNA funding and excessive closures preventing access to work and trade in Israel.
(f) WFP attended an Israeli MFA briefing with other UN agencies. The welcome meeting represented a positive step in widening the contacts between the humanitarian agencies and decision makers.
(g) The Budget Revision from 82 million to 103 million USD was accepted by the PRC on 11 July.
(h) In Gaza strip, 97 percent of the planned 26,915 Social Hardship Cases families (86,128 individuals) throughout Gaza Strip received mixed WFP food commodities under May/Jun allocation.
(i) In the West Bank, also under the May-June allocation, 3,100 beneficiaries received 92 tons of WFP food commodities in the North.
(j) In Gaza Strip, 100 percent of Food-for-Work/Food-for-Training participants in all five governorates completed the required activities and received their allocated entitlement of food commodities of Nov 05 to June 06. In the West Bank, 15,114 beneficiaries received 157 tons of WFP food.
(k) Monitoring visits were conducted to social institutions to ensure proper use of WFP commodities.
(l) A contribution of 5 million Euros was confirmed. PRs were created and released for the newly confirmed contribution (2.6 million USD) .The pipeline was updated.
(m) Of the 1691 tons that was delivered to the Gaza Strip Cooperating Partners (CPs), 722 tons was delivered from Ashdod to Gaza (215 tons through Erez crossing and 507 tons through Karni terminal) - the remainder (969 tons) was wheat flour delivered through the Gaza mills.