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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
31 March 2008
Report No. 57
Implementation of the Agreement on Movement and Access
(9 - 22 January 2008)
The United Nations is submitting the 57
bi-weekly report on the implementation of the 15 November 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access (AMA), covering the period 9-22 January 2008
The Karni and Rafah crossings remained closed for the movement of goods and people to and from Gaza, except for wheat grain and animal feed at Karni. Erez crossing remained closed for all Palestinians except for those with special coordination arrangements with the Israeli District Civil Liaison. Sufa crossing was open for humanitarian and commercial commodities on 5 days compared to 8 days in the previous reporting period. Kerem Shalom was open on 6 out of the 10 scheduled days. Karni’s conveyor belt/chute was open on three days only. Overall, a total of 621 truckloads, including 104 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza, compared to 954 in the previous reporting period (35% decrease). Starting 17 January, Israel started to place additional restrictions of access for traders. On 13 January, approximately 180 Palestinians, including students and those holding residency permits in foreign countries, were allowed to exit Gaza for Egypt via the Erez-Nitzana crossings route.
Changes of note since Report No. 56 (8 January):
crossing has been generally closed for the movement of people for 213 days (last open 9 June).
crossing has been closed since 12 June for the movement of goods into and out of Gaza. One single-lane conveyor belt/chute for wheat grain and animal feed was open on three days (9, 14 and 17 January) for a total of 20 hours, compared to 22 hours in the previous period. A total of 217 truckloads of grains and animal feed entered Gaza, compared to 194 in the previous reporting period.
crossing was open on 5 days, compared to 8 days in the previous reporting period. A total of 169 truckloads, including 58 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza.
crossing was open on 6 days for the entry of commercial and humanitarian goods, compared to 10 days in the previous reporting period. An equivalent of 235 truckloads, including 46 from humanitarian agencies, crossed into Gaza through Kerem Shalom, compared to 537 truckloads in the previous 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 the 14 scheduled days. The crossing has been closed since March 2006 for Palestinian workers.
Obstacles to movement in the West Bank
remained the same as in the previous reporting period (563). Overall, an increase of 187 obstacles (49.7%) is reported over the baseline figure of August 2005.
No Change since Report No. 56 (8 January):
Convoys between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank:
Implementation now 24 months overdue (since mid-January 2006).
Implementation now 25 months overdue (since mid-December 2005).
Awaiting GoI assurance of non-interference with seaport operation.
Awaiting commencement of discussions since November 2005.
The United Nations, through the OCHA oPt office, has assumed reporting responsibilities on the implementation of the AMA since April 2006.
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