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Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
8 September 2006


World Food Programme Emergency Report 2006
Issued Weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme
Report No. 36 / 2006 - Date 8 September 2006


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(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe:

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(2) occupied Palestinian territories

(a) Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Ministry staff started a strike on 1 September in protest against the non payment of salaries. This is expected to last until PNA employees receive their pay. WFP implementing partners Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and Ministry of Social Affairs (MSA), are included in the strike as are education and health ministry workers.

(b) As the municipal services are becoming crippled by non payment of staff, the streets in Gaza are becoming full of heaps of pungent garbage. There is rising concern over the spread of disease. Some people are burning their garbage overnight.

(c) The security situation in Gaza remains extremely precarious. While national staff was able to complete field trips without undue security restraints, access for international staff has become increasingly challenging with increased threats against foreigners. Only essential travel is permitted. Incursions continue in the Shajaya area in Gaza.

(d) In the West Bank, WFP field staff has witnessed increased internal movement restrictions and more severe searches/checking procedures on vehicles in the reporting period (16 – 31 August).

(e) In Gaza the MSA distributed 2,500 tons of WFP food to 23,500 Social Hardship Case (SHC) beneficiaries. Under the New Poor programme, Community Housing and Financing (CHF) distributed 916 tons of WFP food to 31,344 beneficiaries.

(f) In the West Bank the MSA distributed 34 tons of WFP food to 4,500 SHC beneficiaries. CHF completed an emergency distribution of 18 tons of WFP food to 1,800 beneficiaries in Nablus. CRS distributed 600 tons of food to 58,200 beneficiaries.

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