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Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
30 June 2006


World Food Programme Emergency Report 2006
Issued Weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme
Report No. 26 / 2006 - Date 30 June 2006


(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) occupied Palestinian territories

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(2) occupied Palestinian territories

(1) occupied Palestinian territories

(a) During the reporting period (29-30 June), the Israeli military operation “summer rain” continued in Gaza. Aerial attacks, artillery and sonic blasts continued affecting the population. There has been further destruction of essential infrastructure connecting Northern areas from Gaza City (Salahadeen road). There are unconfirmed reports that a power station in Middle area and a electricity distribution network in Northern Gaza were also hit. As of Friday 30 June all WFP staff in the WFP Gaza office are safe.

(b) Electricity is being divided throughout the strip in rotation. It is not available in all areas. Where it is available, it is for only 6-10 hours per day with a break of 10-14 hours in between. Availability is unpredictable which means that there is a wide use of generators and an associated high consumption available fuel. People are beginning to reduce their fuel consumption.

(c) Karni terminal has been closed for 2 weeks. Owing the closure, no dairy or meat products are entering Gaza. Fish stocks are running low owing to a 4th consecutive day of fishing closures. Water remains a key issue. Filtered water (suitable for drinking) costs around 0.2 USD per 10 Litres- this is still too costly for the poorest families.

(d) Market survey of basic commodities shows that there is a shortage of sugar and wheat flour in shops. Some people are stockpiling wheat flour, others cannot afford to. There has been almost a 10 percent rise in the prices of wheat flour, sugar, rice and oil over the last 20 days linked to the closure of Karni and increased transportation/fuel costs resulting from the destruction of infrastructure. Milk prices have increased by 12 percent and there is a shortage in hospitals and in children’s centres.

(e) WFP emergency stocks in the Karni warehouse are equivalent to 10 days supply to the WFP caseload.

(f) An Interagency meeting was held at Heads of Agencies level to discuss the humanitarian impacts on the population.

(g) WFP is extremely concerned at the combined humanitarian impact of a deterioration in health, water supplies and food access on the entire population. The poorest people and vulnerable groups reliant on social services were already in a dire situation before the military offensive. Their situation is now becoming critical as in some 2-3 days time the effects of the combined loss of fuel and power will start to have grave consequences on the population.

(h) WFP has two months food supply in the pipeline for the current caseload. However, due to additional requirements arising from the escalating humanitarian crisis, there remains a need to identify further resources in order to respond in a timely fashion to any further escalation. Donations without earmarking are essential to ensure flexibility of response. A budget revision is being prepared to adapt the operation to the changing circumstances.

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