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Agreement on Movement and Access
26 November 2007
Report No. 51
Implementation of the Agreement on Movement and Access
(17- 30 October 2007)
The United Nations
is submitting the 51
bi-weekly report on the implementation of the 15 November 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access (AMA), covering the period 17-30 October 2007.
The general closure of the Rafah and Karni crossings for the movement of goods and people is ongoing. On 28 October, the Israeli government officially announced the permanent closure of the Sufa crossing. Security reasons were given to explain why such a decision was taken. This new closure has heightened concerns over a possible further decline in the daily number of truckloads entering the Gaza Strip. Kerem Shalom is now the only crossing point remaining open for the import of commercial and humanitarian supplies. Although Israel is expanding the capacity of Kerem Shalom, the prospective truckload handling capacity of the crossing will stand at no more than 70-80 truckloads per day (increased from 50 truckloads a day). A total of 739 truckloads, including 117 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza during this reporting period, compared to 617 truckloads in the previous reporting period.
Erez crossing remains closed for all Palestinians since 12 June 2007, except for those with special coordination arrangements with the Israeli District Civil Liaison. During the reporting period, an average of 10 traders per day crossed through Erez into Israel. The crossing has been closed since early 2006 for Palestinian workers.
Changes of note since Report No. 50 (16 October):
crossing has now been closed for the movement of people for 143 days (last open on 9 June).
crossing has been closed since 12 June for the movement of goods into and out of Gaza. A single conveyor belt/chute for wheat grain and animal feed was open on five days (17, 23, 24, 29, 30 October) for a total of 30 hours, compared to 32 hours in the previous period. A total of 219 truckloads of wheat grain and animal feed entered Gaza, compared to 339 in the previous reporting period.
crossing was open on 7 out of 10 scheduled operating days for the entry of commercial and humanitarian supplies (same as previous period), though it remains closed for the import of construction materials. A total of 264 truckloads, including 74 truckloads from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza through Sufa before the Israeli government officially announced its closure.
crossing was open on 9 days for the entry of commercial and humanitarian goods compared to five days during the previous reporting period. An equivalent of 256 truckloads, including 43 from humanitarian agencies, crossed into Gaza through Kerem Shalom, compared to 195 truckloads during the previous reporting period.
crossing remains closed since 12 June for all Palestinians, except for a limited number of Palestinian traders, aid workers and medical cases who have been granted special permits. Erez crossing was open 12 out of 14 scheduled days.
Obstacles to movement in the West Bank
decreased from 563 in the previous reporting period to 561. Overall, this represents an increase of 185 obstacles, or 49.2%, over the baseline figure of August 2005.
No Change since Report No. 50 (16 October):
Convoys between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank:
Implementation now 20 months overdue (since mid-January 2006).
Implementation now 21 months overdue (since mid-December 2005).
Awaiting GoI assurance of non-interference with seaport operation.
Awaiting commencement of discussions since November 2005.
The Office of the Quartet’s Special Envoy closed on 28 April. Since then, the United Nations, through the OCHA oPt office, has assumed reporting responsibilities on the implementation of the AMA.
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