1) Palestinian Territories
(a) WFP Executive Director (ED) visited WFP's operations in the Palestinian Territories in June and field visits were undertaken to Gaza and Qalquilia. During the month of June, the security situation improved in the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem area. By contrast, Jenin and Hebron governorates remained under military closure. As a result of a three-month ceasefire agreement between Israelis and Palestinians within the context of the "road map", the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) began withdrawing from Bethlehem, Beit Hanoun, Gaza, and opening the Salah El-Dein road, which connects Gaza city with North and South Gaza. ECHO arranged a visit with WFP staff to Yatta, Hebron, where ECHO TV filmed a segment on the ECHO-WFP supplementary feeding project for malnourished children in the area.
(b) By mid-June, 7,755 containers, carrying 130 tons out of a total of 272 tons of locally purchased olive oil, were delivered. During June, 6,138 tons of food was distributed to 387,750 beneficiaries/77,550 families, and to 5,000 beneficiaries in institutions in Gaza and the West Bank. 124 WFP field visits were planned in the West Bank and Gaza.
(c) WFP is currently negotiating possible in-kind and cash contributions in connection with the peace process, and other contributions pending delivery of the FAO Food Security and Nutrition Assessment Mission.
Note: All tonnage figures in this report refer to metric tons.