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Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
4 August 2006


World Food Programme Emergency Report 2006
Issued Weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme
Report No. 31 / 2006 - Date 04 August 2006


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(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Lebanon (2) occupied Palestinian territories (3) Russian Federation (Caucasus) (4) Syria (5) Tajikistan

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(2) occupied Palestinian territories

(a) The overall security situation in Israel is highly precarious linked to the hostilities in the North. Security; phase 2 was established for Jerusalem and phase 3 in Northern Israel. There are mounting fears of attacks on Tel Aviv

(b) The Israeli military operation (“summer rain”) continues in Gaza. During the reporting period (1-31 July), Israeli forces re-entered in the South of the Gaza Strip and aerial attacks and hostilities continued. The continued escalation with Lebanon on Israels’ northern border threatens to affect the security of the whole region and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in particular. WFP remains extremely concerned about the high livelihood and food security impacts on the population.

(c) Seven field trips to Northern, Eastern and Southern Gaza were cancelled in Gaza due to security constraints. Access for international and national staff remains difficult through Erez (passenger crossing between Gaza and Israel) owing to the security procedures. Recent military operations in the area of Erez have preventing all but emergency humanitarian cases from crossing in the past few days.

(d) Since 20 July the IDF imposed a total external closure on the West Bank due to a high security alert. During the reporting period, WFP signed a local MOU with UNICEF. This will be the entry point in enhancing nutrition surveillance in oPt (leading to the establishment of a nutritional surveillance system).

(e) WFP has started to increase the number of targeted beneficiaries (West Bank and Gaza Strip) to respond to the increased needs. WFP has brought in 4,097 tons of food to Gaza.

(f) Under the general food distribution, some 29,382 beneficiaries received some 936 tons of WFP food commodities in the North West Bank. WFP and MSA have agreed to conduct an emergency distribution to 6,400 beneficiaries in the northern governorates of the West Bank. Through food-for-work activities, 71,226 beneficiaries received 905 tons of WFP food in July.

(g) In the Gaza Strip, 100% of food-for-work/training participants in all five governorates completed the required activities and received their allocated entitlement of food commodities of Nov 05 to June 06.

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