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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
22 August 2008
Report No. 69
Implementation of the Agreement on Movement and Access
and Update on Gaza Crossings
(25 June - 08 July 2008)
The United Nations is submitting the 69
bi-weekly report on the implementation of the 15 November 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access (AMA)
, covering the period 25 June - 08 July 2008 (Annex)
. In light of the closure of Gaza, this report also monitors movement and access through other crossings not included in the AMA.
crossing has remained closed for the movement of people for 395 working days. It was last open on 09 June 2007. However 570 Palestinians from Gaza, who were stranded on the Egyptian side of the border, were allowed to cross in, and 574 individuals, including patients and Egyptian nationals, were allowed to cross out.
crossing has been closed since 12 June 2007 for the movement of goods in and out of Gaza. The single-lane conveyor belt/chute for wheat, grain and animal feed was open on five days (30 June, 02, 03, 07 and 08 July) compared to six days in the previous reporting period. 338 truckloads of grain and animal feed entered Gaza, via the conveyor belt, compared to 421 in the previous reporting period.
crossing has remained closed for more than two years since March 2006 for workers, and for more than a year, since 12 June 2007, for all other Palestinians, except for a limited number of Palestinian traders, aid workers and medical cases who have been granted special permits. For these persons, Erez crossing was partially open 12 out of the 14 scheduled days.
The number of obstacles to movement in the West Bank
has increased to 609 from 605, the figure from the previous reporting period. Overall, the figure of 609 represents an increase of 233 obstacles (62.0%) over the AMA baseline figure of August 2005.
Convoys between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank:
- Implementation now 30 months overdue (since mid-January 2006).
Bus convoys -
Implementation now 31 months overdue (since mid-December 2005).
- Awaiting GoI assurance of non-interference with the seaport operation.
- Awaiting commencement of discussions since November 2005.
crossing was open on 7 days compared to 11 days in the previous reporting period, during which 465 truckloads, including 65.5 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza.
crossing remained closed during the reporting period. It was last opened on 19 April 08.
Nahal Oz crossing
was open partially on 8 out of 10 scheduled days. 152,020 liters of petrol (10,858 lit/day), 1,600,020 liters of diesel (114,287 lit/day), 1,408 tonnes of cooking gas (100 tonnes/day) and 4,884,000 liters of industrial gas for the power plant (348,857/day) were allowed entry.
: Overall, 803 truckloads, including 65.5 truckloads from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza during this period compared to 1,042.5 truckloads allowed in during the previous reporting period. This constitutes a 23% decrease from the prior period.
The United Nations, through the OCHA oPt office, has assumed reporting responsibilities on the implementation of the AMA since April 2006.
The AMA was reached between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to promote peaceful economic development and improve the humanitarian situation on the ground. It represents the commitments of both Governments to facilitate access and movement into/out and throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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