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World Food Programme (WFP)
2 December 2005
World Food Programme Emergency Report 2005
Issued Weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme
Report No. 49 / 2005 - Date 02 December 2005
(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Occupied Palestinian Territories (2) Pakistan (3) Russian Federation (Caucasus)
(1) Occupied Palestinian Territories
(a) November has seen some positive political steps amidst continued violence throughout the territories. The opening of the Rafah crossing, the departure of the settlers, the opening of Marwassi and internal closures all provide an easing of the psychological and humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
(b) The optimism regarding the Palestinian Legislative Council elections planned for 25 January has been tainted by allegations of fraud in the primaries in the Gaza Strip. Voting in West bank is still ongoing. Sharon has in the mean time resigned from the Likud party and will stand as leader of a new party “Kadima” (forward), joined by Shimon Perez (former Labour Party minister). Israeli elections are planned to take place on the 6th of March. Security is expected to remain volatile over the election period. (c) During the month of November, a total of 420,000 beneficiaries were reached with 7,500 tons of WFP food.
(d) The Ministry of Social Affairs is proceeding with the general distribution to Special Hardship Cases (SHC) in rural areas of Southern West Bank, as part of September/October allocations. The distribution of the allocation for the same period has been completed in the Northern Area, while in the Gaza Strip the distributions of the November/December allocations to SHC have been completed.
(e) In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Cooperating Partners are in the final stages of the beneficiary selection. The Food for Work/ Food for Training (FFW/T) work plans have almost been completed at the Local Committee level. Once completed, they will be collected and approved by WFP prior to initiating the programme. Actual implementation of FFW/T activities are planned to start in early December.
(f) Following acknowledgment of the duplication of WFP and UNRWA's assistance to institutions in the West Bank, the two organisations agreed that WFP would take over the responsibility for providing assistance to all eligible institutions in the West Bank. As of the 1st of December, WFP will thus support a total of 110 institutions in the West Bank, and UNRWA will cease their West Bank Institutional Feeding programme.