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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
27 June 2007





SUMMARY POINTS:

1. There have been seven IDF incursions into Gaza, resulting in at least 17 Palestinian deaths (including six civilians among them two children) and 39 injuries. Two IDF soldiers were injured. On 25 June, an Israeli helicopter-fired missile strike killed one Palestinian militant and injured two others including one bystander in Gaza.

2. Twenty-nine Qassams have been fired from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants towards Israel injuring 3 Israelis in Sderot on 24 June; damaging two buildings on 26 June.

3. The official closure of the three main crossing points in and out of the Gaza Strip remains in place- Rafah (17 days), Karni (16 days) and Erez for traders (14 days). The lack of Palestinian-Israeli security coordination is the principal reason for the closures.

4. Between 19- 27 June, progress was made in the entrance of humanitarian assistance and some commercial commodities into Gaza, via Kerem Shalom1 and Sufa crossings.

5. The UN estimates that 175 single trailers truck of basic foods and essentials are required daily to enter Gaza on a 5 day/week basis to meet minimum needs. During the last week, only 21% of the total daily consumption needs were met by imports.



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1 23 June- Israeli weekend day/ 25-26 June- Kerem Shalom closed following Qassam rocket attacks in the vicinity of the crossing.








6. Basic food supplies remaining in Gaza as of 25 June: Flour 9 days, Sugar 3 days, Rice 15 days, Oil 14 days, Beans 51 days.

7. There must be a continuous flow of basic supplies and commercial stocks and all crossings reopened to avoid shortages. The absence of any open crossing for exports will also have a significant impact on the economy, markets and the purchasing power of the 1.5 million Gazan population that is already deeply impoverished.

8. The food items provided by WFP constitute a basic food basket and reach 275,000 persons. UNRWA, which distributes food assistance to 860,000 persons, provides a food package that is supplemental and meets 61% of the recommended calorie intake for two months. In both cases, the food parcel needs to be complimented by additional produce including fruit, vegetables, and meat and dairy items purchased on the market by the individual beneficiary.

9. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reports that 81 items on the Essential Drugs List are out of stock while low stock levels are reported for a further 43 items, largely a result of the PA financial crisis and not due to access difficulties. According to WHO, a total of 162 patients left Gaza for Israel between 19 and 27 June 10. UNDP and some UNRWA development/infrastructure projects worth over $150 million are halted. The import of key electrical and sanitation parts and supplies has been suspended.

ACCESS AND CROSSINGS

INTERNAL FOOD AVAILABILITY AND ACESSIBILITY




HEALTH

INFRASTRUCTURE

PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS





United Nations - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
occupied Palestinian territory
P.O. Box 38712 East Jerusalem
Phone: (972) 2 – 5829962 / 5825853, F ax: (972) 2 – 5825841
Ema il : ochaopt@un.org, www.ochaopt.org





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