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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
31 October 2006
OCHA Humanitarian Update
occupied Palestinian territory
Access and Protection
The Israeli military operation inside the Gaza Strip continued for the fifth consecutive month with an increase in hostilities leading to a higher number of Palestinian casualties than in September. There were also increased casualties resulting from Palestinian-Palestinian (internal) violence, indicating a further breakdown of law and order within the oPt. In the West Bank, which before this month had been relatively calm, casualties from factional violence were recorded for the first time this year. A general strike of Palestinian Authority (PA) employees continued throughout October in protest against the non-payment of their salaries. The strike negatively affected schools, medical facilities and other services provided by the PA, particularly in the West Bank. The number of physical obstacles restricting Palestinian movement in the West Bank continues to rise, making life ever more difficult for Palestinians.
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