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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
31 May 2006
Key Humanitarian Issues:
• Forty-one Palestinians were killed in May 2006 during the ongoing conflict with Israel, the highest number of Palestinian fatalities since January 2005. Palestinian injuries in May decreased marginally from April’s figures but remain comparatively high compared to the previous 12 months.
• In the West Bank, while Palestinian workers and traders with valid permits were once again able to access Israel following nearly two months of closure, internal movement within the West Bank continued to deteriorate. The number of physical obstacles controlling Palestinian movement by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) increased again to 519, the highest number of physical obstacles since September 2005.
• Humanitarian access throughout the oPt again deteriorated in May 2006. Humanitarian agencies in the oPt filed 150 access incidents in the West Bank and erratic operating procedures at Erez crossing continued to cause significant delays for UN personnel entering and exiting the Gaza Strip.
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