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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
31 January 2006
Humanitarian impact of the West Bank Barrier - Jan 2006 Update No. 6 - Crossing the barrier: Palestinian access to agricultural land
This report is produced by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the UN OfficefortheCoordinationofHumanitarianAffairs(OCHA) and documents the impact of the West Bank Barrier on Palestinian lives. It is submitted to the Humanitarian Emergency Policy Group (HEPG) in two parts:
Part 1 provides updated information on the status of the Barrier's construction in the West Bank and its humanitarian impact.
Part 2 examines the impact of the permit system that regulates Palestinian movement through the Barrier into the 'closed areas' (areas of land that lie between the Barrier and the 1949 Armistice Line or 'Green Line'). This part of the report covers two northern West Bank governorates (Qalqiliya and Tulkarm) and is based on extensive fieldworkconductedduring 2004 and 2005 and an analysis of permit applications submitted in Qalqiliya governorate.
It is important to note that had the Barrier in the West Bank been constructed on the Green Line, this report would be unnecessary.
Concerned that Palestinian livelihoods and access to essential services would be harmed by the construction of the West Bank Barrier, the international donor community – through the Humanitarian Emergency Policy Group (HEPG) - requested regular updates on the humanitarian impact of the Barrier. The HEPG comprises the European Commission and the EU President, the World Bank, USAID, Norway and UNSCO.
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