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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
31 December 2009

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
occupied Palestinian territory

December 2009

    West Bank, including East Jerusalem: Casualties • Access restrictions to land around settlements challenged · Demolitions and displacement in East Jerusalem and Area C • Sharp increase in East Jerusalem ID revocations in 2008 • Movement developments in the northern West Bank • Ban on Palestinian use of a main road in Ramallah Governorate declared unlawful • Olive harvest concluded, extremely low yield; access to groves behind Barrier insufficient

    Gaza strip: • Four Palestinian civilians killed near the Gaza-Israel border and five in tunnels’ incidents • Imports: the blockade continues, albeit with minor improvements • Cooking gas • Industrial fuel: rolling blackouts continue · Water and sanitation • Petrol and diesel • Multiple factors preventing significant agricultural recovery • Medical referral abroad update

    oPt-wide issues: Child Protection Box • Israeli High Court of Justice upholds deportation from the West Bank to Gaza • Concerns over new Israeli policy on visas • 2010 Consolidated Appeal launched; Humanitarian Response Fund update

    Ongoing Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian schoolchildren

    Since 2006, Palestinian children from At-Tuwani area in Hebron have been escorted by Israeli soldiers to and from school, to protect them from attacks by Israelis from Ma’on and Havat Ma’on settlements. On 16 December, an 8-year-old boy, his 12-year-old brother, and a cousin were attacked by two settlers as they walked home from school in the al Bweireh neighborhood on the outskirts of Hebron. Two weeks later, on 30 December, the Israeli military escort arrived 90 minutes late, and 14 Palestinian children between the ages of 6 to 15 were attacked with stones by an Israeli settler from the settlement outpost of Havat Ma’on. The incident left the students traumatized, and caused them to miss the first two classes of the day.

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