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Settimana dal 3 al 9 gennaio: la situazione umanitaria nella Striscia

Giovedi' 14 Gennaio 2010
Riportiamo ampi stralci dell'ultimo aggiornamento settimanale della situazione a Gaza, compilato da Oxfam. Un breve commento: l'emergenza umanitaria di Gaza si consuma all'ombra del silenzio.

Gaza weekly update

3 January 2010 -9 January 2010
(Fifty-first week since Israeli government and Hamas unilateral ceasefires)

This update is compiled by Oxfam International from the best available information drawn from reliable international sources. Some of the information is preliminary and may be updated in subsequent reports.


Lessons from Cast Lead

Sami Tuman, Head of the Atatra Boys’ Secondary School in northern Gaza, looks at the wing that was totally destroyed in January last year during Israeli military operation ‘Cast Lead’. Tuman explains that Israeli soldiers had occupied the school a few kilometres from the perimeter fence with Israel during the 22-day military
operation that left nearly 1,400 Palestinians dead. “The people residing here saw death all over the place,” Tuman said. “We all fled to UN schools but the Israeli army bombed us there.”

A year later, the wing comprising computer labs, library and science laboratories, and other parts of the school, are still in ruins, leaving half of the 800 students no choice but to attend classes in other schools, some of them no longer within walking distance. All the windows in the school and many of the doors have also been destroyed. The destroyed wing and other damaged parts of the school are
expected to start being rebuilt this month with funds provided by the British NGO, Islamic Relief.

“Many of the children however are still suffering from trauma, with school performance going down drastically”, Tuman said.

1. Headlines
• Mortars/rockets/casualties/incursions: According to reports, 3 rockets, including 1 grad-type rocket (an industrially manufactured, Soviet-style rocket which is often launched from a truck mount), and 25 mortars were directed by Palestinian armed groups from Gaza at Israeli forces this week (as compared with the 5 reported rockets, including 1 grad-type rocket, and 2 mortars the week prior). There were additional reports of 1 rocket propelled grenade (RPG) and 1 anti-tank missile fired by Palestinian militants towards Israeli forces this week. There were reports of 7 Israeli military incursions, 9 air strikes, 2 shells and 1 firefight (compared with 5 Israeli military incursions, 2 air strikes, 1 ground-to-ground missile and 1 firefight reported in the previous week).

6 Palestinians were reportedly killed and 18 Palestinians were reportedly injured this week as a result of Israeli fire, whereas there were no Palestinian deaths or injuries reported the week before. There were no reports of Israeli casualties. OCHA reported (5 January) that since the end of the Israeli military operation ‘Cast Lead’ on 18 January 2009, a total of 94 Palestinians and 1 Israeli
have been killed and 156 Palestinians and 7 Israelis injured from conflict-related violence in Gaza and southern Israel.

• Fishermen: There were 6 reported incidents of Palestinian fishermen being fired at by Israeli naval vessels this week, while there were 5 incidents reported the previous week. In one incident this week, Israeli patrol boats launched two shells at a fishing boat in addition to firing at it. The incident occurred off the coast at the level of the Nuseirat Camp in Middle Gaza on 8 January. Israel enforces a unilateral limit on Palestinian access to fishing areas within three nautical miles
from the coast.

• Tunnel related fatalities: 4 Palestinians were reportedly killed in tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border this week. In the previous week there were no tunnel-related Palestinian fatalities reported.

• Farmers in the “buffer zone”: There were 2 reported incidents of Israeli troops firing towards people in the “buffer zone”. Last week, 1 incident was reported. Israeli planes dropped leaflets throughout the Gaza Strip this week, warning residents to stay at least 300 meters from the demarcation with Israel. Israeli forces prohibit Palestinian access to farming land along the perimeter fence by opening “warning fire” on people approaching this so-called “buffer zone”.

• Rafah border crossing: This week, the Rafah border crossing was open 5 out of 7 days, however people officially crossed 6 out of 7 days. During those 6 days, 3,788 people left and 1,130 entered Gaza. Last week Rafah was closed 4 out of 7 days but 10 people left and 259 entered Gaza. Rafah was the site of demonstrations this week, while members of UK MP George Galloway’s Viva Palestine Convoy attempted to enter Gaza from Egypt. These demonstrations – protesting against the wall that Egypt is reportedly building between Egypt and Gaza - culminated in clashes between
demonstrators and Egyptian troops on 6 January, during which 1 Egyptian police officer was killed and 13 Palestinians were injured.

• Power plant and electricity supply: 2 million litres of industrial fuel were delivered to Gaza this week. This is 57% of the fuel needed weekly to operate Gaza’s only power plant at the current maximum export capacity of 80Mw. Last week, only 426,280 litres of industrial fuel were transferred, which was just 12% of the 3.5 million litres of fuel needed weekly. On 1 January Israeli officials announced they were closing the Nahal Oz crossing point, which was designed for the sole purpose of transfering fuels into the Gaza Strip. From now on, fuel will be transferred solely through the Kerem Shalom crossing in the deep south of Gaza, which is much slower and costs significantly more to use.

• Cooking gas: 423 tons of cooking gas entered Gaza, 24% of the normal weekly level of need of 1,750 tons. 562 tons of cooking gas were reported to have entered Gaza in the previous week. The overall shortage of cooking gas continues to be a main concern for humanitarian agencies.

• Diesel/petrol: No diesel or petrol were delivered this week to Gaza. This year, small amounts of fuel for the sale on the open market have been allowed into Gaza from Israel on just five previous occasions since a total ban on fuel imports for public sale was put in place by the Government of Israel in October 2008.

• Truckloads of humanitarian supplies: 437.5 truckloads were permitted entry through Kerem Shalom during the week, as compared with 477 trucks allowed into Gaza during the previous week. This is the equivalent of 33% of the pre-blockade weekly average.

• Exports: This week, 6 trucks of strawberries and 2 trucks of flowers were exported from the Gaza Strip. However, 1 truck of strawberries and 3 trucks of flowers were returned on 7 January after the crossing was closed. Last week, there were 3 trucks of flowers exported.

• Internal Violence: Unknown assailants detonated bombs in two coffee shops and a pharmacy this week. No Palestinians were injured in these attacks, but all three locations incurred heavy damage.

2. Water Studies dating from 2006, brought to light this week by the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) cluster suggest that water in the domestic networks may not contain sufficient quantities of chlorine, which would normally be added during the water disinfection treatment process. This highlights the need to examine the effectiveness of chlorination throughout the Gaza Strip and to determine the reasons for any continuing problems. Chlorine is currently allowed entry to the Gaza Strip, so investigations will be carried out to determine whether the problem still exists, and whether the problem is due to lack of chlorine or technical issues (such as faulty dosing equipment).

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