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Iraq + 4 others
Press Conference by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

A recent international meeting held in Geneva from 17 to 18 April had succeeded in raising awareness about the humanitarian needs of those affected by the ongoing violence in Iraq, and had secured vital commitments from members of the global community on providing assistance, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonió Guterres, told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.

Mr. Guterres said that the meeting -- formally known as the International Conference on Addressing the Humanitarian

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Israel's violations of the right to life: Palestinian child fatalities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory during 2006

Introduction

Throughout the second Intifada, beginning in September 2000, Israel has engaged in gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Israeli military activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT ) has been excessive and disproportionate. Routinely employing sophisticated military weaponry, including missiles and F16 war planes, Israeli forces have acted with insufficient, or no, regard for the lives of civilian residents of the OPT resulting in particularl y high numbers of civilian casualties.

During this period Palestinian children

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Israel + 1 other
OPT: Protection of civilians weekly report 25 Apr - 01 May 2007

Of note this week

Gaza Strip:

- Four Palestinians, including a 17 year-old boy, were killed by the IDF during incidents along the border fence in the Gaza Strip. A fifth Palestinian died of wounds sustained during a previous IDF incursion.

- During the week, a total of 22 homemade (Qassams) rockets were fired towards southern Israel (compared to 30 rockets the previous week), at least three of which landed in Palestinian areas. No injuries were recorded.

- The IDF entered the Gaza Strip on three separate occasions; twice to conduct a levelling and excavation operation

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Jerusalem (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Hebron (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Barrier Update (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Nablus (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Jenin (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Cosures - Ramallah (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza Strip - Access (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Tulkarm (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Qalqiliya (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Hebron Old City (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Jericho (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Tubas (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Salfit (April 2007)

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occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank Closures - Bethlehem (April 2007)

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OCHA Special Focus - A year of decline: The financial and institutional status of the Palestinian Authority

1- Palestinian Finance Under Siege: Economic Decline and Institutional Degradation by Karim Nashashibi, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

2-The Impact of the Palestinian Authority's Year of Decline on its Employees. The Case of Jenin.

These two Special Focus papers concerning the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) are published one year after the withholding of customs payments by the Government of Israel (GoI) and the change of policy of Western donors towards the direct funding of the Palestinian Authority (PA.)

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Israel + 1 other
OPT: OCHA Closure Update Apr 2007

Movement within and in and out of the West Bank is controlled by numerous checkpoints, roadblocks, earthmounds and gates. These manned and unmanned physical barriers combined with the Barrier and complex permit regime, restrict the movement of around 2.4 million Palestinians to basic services, jobs, places of worship and even to their families in the West Bank.

The Israeli authorities state that these measures are necessary for the security of Israeli citizens, both in Israel and those living in settlements in the West Bank. The function of most

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