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Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
16 June 2006


World Food Programme Emergency Report 2006
Issued Weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme
Report No. 24 / 2006 - Date 16 June 2006


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(2) Occupied Palestinian Territories

(a) During the reporting period (1-15 June), the frequency of security events occurring daily in the West Bank and Gaza was high. People living in Gaza are concerned about violence and hostilities. Daily monitoring visits are extremely hazardous as it becomes only too easy to be in the “wrong place at the wrong time” during: kidnappings, interfactional violence and protests, targeted killings and artillery attacks. Three WFP field trips had to be cancelled owing to the security situation. In the West Bank the pressure is mounting as Ramallah is becoming the theatre for regular confrontations.

(b) The market survey and dietary diversity results indicate a decline in the beneficiaries' purchasing power in Gaza Strip. Prices of chicken have dropped from 17 NIS ($ 3.7 USD) to 14 NIS ($3 USD) per 1 kg, however this is still not accessible to the poor in Gaza. The majority of poor families live mainly on bread and vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes and cucumbers). The prices of vegetables have plummeted as a result of the Israeli export restrictions and the decrease in demand by customers. Beneficiaries registered with MSA in the Social Hardship Cases (SHC) scheme have started to receive their Feb 06 cash payment.

(c) Access for International and National staff remains difficult through Erez (passenger crossing between Gaza and Israel) owing to the security procedures.

(d) The fourth cycle of distributions (March /April) are ongoing to SHC in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In Gaza, 53,322 beneficiaries received a total of 1480 tons of mixed WFP food commodities under the fourth cycle March/April allocation.

(e) In the West Bank, distributions are ongoing covering distributions up to May. The distribution for CRS beneficiaries in southern governorates is expected to be completed in two weeks time. During the reporting period, a total of 45,000 new poor beneficiaries received about 860 tons of WFP food commodities.

(f) WFP beneficiaries targeted by CRS have completed about 96 percent of the Food-for-Work (FFW) projects for this cycle, the FFT beneficiaries have completed all required training hours.

(g) In the Gaza Strip, a total of 1163 tons of food was distributed to 36,798 beneficiaries under FFW and FFT.

(h) In preparation for the planned caseload expansion in the Institution Feeding programme, WFP/CRS conducted an evaluation of four Institutions in Nablus and 6 in Hebron. In Gaza Strip, 236 tons were distributed under January-April allocations to 37 institutions out of 39. WFP also made a series of joint visits to MSA social institutions to assess the possibilities of including them in WFP Institutional Feeding Project. The visited institutions were in Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarm and Qalqilia.

(i) A 2.6 million USD contribution was confirmed. A 240 tons in-kind fish donation was also confirmed. The 9.5 million USD loan approved, purchases for both PNA and non PNA pipeline are set in place. The figures for the Budget revision were finalized.

(j) With the security situation deteriorating WFP are preparing stocks to allow for any disruption of Karni crossing. The food currently in WFP warehouses in Gaza will serve 135,386 beneficiaries until the end of June and another 23,343 beneficiaries until mid July. As of 14 June, WFP has Sugar, Oil and Chickpeas to cover the allocation on 6 August; however, some 3105 tons of Wheat Flour and 26 tons of Salt are still needed for the Ministries pipeline.

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