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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
31 August 2006
The Israeli military operation inside the Gaza Strip continued in August for the third consecutive month despite renewed international efforts to bring about an end to hostilities and to address the humanitarian needs arising from the current violence. In the West Bank, the humanitarian situation continued to deteriorate, in particular with the tightening and enforcement of the closure regime restricting Palestinian movement within the West Bank. For the second month in a row, lengthy periods of external closure (covering 20 days) were imposed on the West Bank which meant that Palestinians with valid permits were prevented from entering East Jerusalem and Israel.
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