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These reports focus on the humanitarian impact of the Barrier being constructed in the West Bank. They provide information on the route, status of construction and the impact on Palestinian access to services and livelihoods. Available in English, Arabic and Hebrew.
Barrier and Checkpoints
23 Nov 2009

West Bank Movement and Access Update | November 2009

Over the course of the past six months (May-October 2009), the Israeli authorities continued to implement measures that increased the freedom of movement of Palestinians between most Palestinian urban centres in the West Bank. However, during the same period, there has been no significant improvement when it comes to access to land and use of space by Palestinians.

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10 Aug 2009

Five Years after the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion: A Summary of the Humanitarian Impact of the Barrier

This report provides an overview of the humanitarian impact of the Barrier, highlighting the central role it plays in the system of access and movement restrictions, and continuing fragmentation of the West Bank. It examines the impact on urban areas, on the closed area communities isolated between the Barrier and the Green Line, and on the rural communities which are primarily affected by the permit and gate regime. A chronology, basic facts and figures and the latest Barrier projections are also included. The second part provides a graphic overview of the route and impact on the eight affected West Bank governorates which the Barrier runs through. Accompanying each map is an overview of the impact of the Barrier in the governorate; the number and type of crossings (checkpoints and gates); and information boxes to illustrate concerns caused by the Barrier in the specific governorate.

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01 Jul 2009

West Bank Movement and Access Update | June 2009

In the course of the past month the Israeli authorities have implemented several steps that have further eased the flow of Palestinian traffic to and from four West Bank cities: Nablus, Qalqiliya, Ramallah and Jericho. Initial field observations indicate that these measures have significantly reduced the amount of time required for Palestinians to access these cities. None of these steps, except one, included the complete dismantlement of checkpoints? infrastructure. To date, there are a total of 613 closure obstacles within the West Bank territory, including 68 are permanently staffed checkpoints.

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23 May 2009

West Bank Movement and Access Update | May 2009

Israeli authorities implemented a number of measures easing the flow of Palestinian traffic on some of the access routes into four main cities. Other Israeli measures indicate a further entrenchment of the various mechanisms used to control and restrict Palestinian movement, and to facilitate the commute of Israeli settlers. OCHA?s latest field survey mapped 634 obstacles blocking internal Palestinian movement and access throughout the West Bank: 93 staffed checkpoints and 541 unstaffed obstacles (roadblocks, earthmounds etc). The figure is an insignificant increase of four obstacles from September 2008.

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08 Jul 2009

Excerpts from Upcoming New OCHA Report on the Impact of the Barrier-Five Years since the International Court of Justice Advisory

Latest West Bank Barrier route projections with map and facts and figures; the humanitarian impact of the Barrier on Bethlehem and East Jerusalem; impact on Salfit and Qalqilya of the projected route around Ariel/Qedumim settlements; and maps of the four official routes to date.

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29 Sep 2008

Closure Update | September 2008

During the reporting period, the Government of Israel took more steps aimed at easing internal movement for Palestinians in the West Bank than it had during the prior reporting period. However, the freedom of movement of Palestinians within the West Bank and East Jerusalem remained highly constrained and neither territorial contiguity nor the pre-2000 status quo was restored.

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10 Jul 2008

The Humanitarian Impact of the West Bank Barrier | July 2008

Update 8 - Four years after the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice: new joint UNOCHA-UNRWA report on the humanitarian impact of the Barrier.

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22 May 2008

Closure Update | May 2008

The present Closure Update provides an overview of the main developments affecting the access and movement situation within the West Bank, for the period from September 4, 2007 (the ending of the previous comprehensive closure count) to April 29, 2008.

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01 Nov 2007

Closure Update | October 2007

Movement within, and in and out of, the West bank is controlled by numerous checkpoints, road blocks, earth mounds, trenches and gates. These physical obstacles, some staffed by soldiers and others unstaffed, combined with the Barrier, flying checkpoints and a complex system of permits, form an integrated and coherent system that restricts the movement of around 2.4 million Palestinians to their basic services, places of worship and even to their families in the West Bank.

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31 Jul 2007

East Jerusalem : The Humanitarian Impact of the West Bank Barrier | July 2007

This report examines the humanitarian, social and economic consequences of the Barrier on East Jerusalem. The construction of the Barrier, in conjunction with other restrictions, has meant that Palestinians living in the West Bank can no longer travel freely into East Jerusalem, the city that has been the religious,social and economic centre of their lives for centuries.

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