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The organization's decision to resume field work came after security guarantees regarding its operations in the Gaza Strip were issued by the Palestinian National Authority and others concerned.
While carrying out its regular activities, the ICRC stands ready to respond, within the framework of its mandate, to emergencies or other situations requiring humanitarian action that may arise during the Israeli disengagement. It will closely monitor events as the disengagement plan is implemented, its priority being to ensure that the Palestinian population has access to essential goods and services.
The ICRC has worked out contingency plans in conjunction with the Palestine Red Crescent Society and other humanitarian organizations and with the Palestinian and Israeli authorities. As part of these preparations, it is supporting a mobile medical post being operated by the Palestine Red Crescent in the southern Gaza Strip to cover possible needs in areas which may be temporarily isolated. The organization is also working closely with the Red Crescent's emergency medical services to facilitate access for their ambulances if and when needed.
For the moment, the ICRC has pre-positioned limited stocks of food and other supplies in various parts of the Gaza Strip and has provided the Palestinian Ministry of Health with medical supplies sufficient to treat 200 injured people in hospital.
The ICRC has been working in Israel and the Occupied Territories without interruption since 1967 on the basis of its mandate under international humanitarian law, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention.