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Executive Summary

President George W. Bush signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (the WfP Act) into law on December 1, 2005. The Act requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S. Government agencies, to develop and implement a strategy "to provide affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries" within the context of sound water resources management.

30 Jun 2008 description


The first half of 2008 saw further deterioration in living conditions across much of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), despite the resumption of negotiations between the parties to the conflict following the November 2007 Annapolis Conference and their stated determination to conclude a comprehensive peace agreement by the end of the year.

The Gaza Strip remained subject to a tight Israeli blockade, resulting in unprecedented levels of poverty and unemployment, degradation of already stuttering public services and the continued paralysis of the formal …

30 Jun 2008 description

Executive Summary

From the beginning of the Second Intifada, in September 2000, until 30 June 2008, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed almost five thousand Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian territory (OPT)1.

30 Jun 2008 description
report World Bank

June 2008 - Since beginning operations in the West Bank & Gaza in 1994, the World Bank has committed a significant part of its development portfolio to develop Palestinian water and wastewater services. In 1996, the World Bank financed the first Gaza Water and Sanitation Services Improvement Project (GWSSIP) which was completed in 2001.

30 Jun 2008 description
  1. Overview

The Protection of Civilians database contains information collated from the published OCHA Protection of Civilians - Weekly Briefing Notes. OCHA-oPt has compiled and published these weekly reports since May 2003. The reporting format underwent several revisions since this time and the current content and structure was introduced in March 2005.

30 Jun 2008 description

Overview - Key Issues

Update on Gaza

The Ceasefire

On 19 June, a six-month ceasefire agreement took effect between Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the Government of Israel. The terms were not officially published, however, it was reported that the ceasefire would entail a suspension of hostilities from both sides and an Israeli commitment to gradually relax access restrictions on goods and people.

Reduction in casualties

The total number of Palestinians killed by the IDF in the Gaza Strip (26) declined in June compared to May (41). All fatalities occurred …

30 Jun 2008 description

"Through the new strategy, Sweden is showing its support to Palestinian state-building and the ongoing peace process," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.

The Government has adopted a new strategy for development assistance to the West Bank and Gaza.

30 Jun 2008 description

AL TANF, Syria, June 30 (UNHCR) - It seemed like a good idea.

30 Jun 2008 description

JERUSALEM, June 30 (Reuters) - A rocket fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Monday, putting further strain on a ceasefire brokered by Egypt.

An Israeli police spokesman said the makeshift rocket had landed near a kibbutz bordering the coastal enclave, causing no damage or injuries.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for what was the fourth such attack since the truce went into effect on June 19.

A Palestinian official who coordinates with Israeli authorities the passage of goods into the Gaza Strip said they informed him that …

30 Jun 2008 description
report World Bank

Ramallah, June 30, 2008 - The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Dr. Salam Fayyad, and the World Bank signed today additional financing of US$18.7million to Water and Wastewater projects.

Since the beginning of its operations in West and Gaza, the World Bank has committed significant part of its development portfolio to develop Palestinian water and wastewater services and worked with the Palestinian counterparts in improving the provision of these services in terms of quality, quantity and management.

30 Jun 2008 description
report Xinhua

GAZA, Jun 30, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Israel did not increase fuel shipments it allows into the Gaza Strip as an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire enters its 10th day, a Palestinian official said on Monday.

Mahmoud al-Khozendar, deputy director of the petrol stations owners union in Gaza, said the fuel shipments sent to Gaza Monday were even less than that before the ceasefire took hold.

On Monday, the Palestinian side received 200,000 liters of vehicle diesel, 250,000 liters of industrial diesel for power stations and 100 tons of cooking gas, al-Khozendar said, …

30 Jun 2008 description


Women's Income Generation Project in Baghdad and Faluja

The Italian Consortium of Solidarity (ICS), one of the IDP Programme implementing partners, partnered with a local Iraqi women's NGO for an income-generation project for women in Baghdad and Anbar.

30 Jun 2008 description


Israel's policy of extra-judicially executing Palestinians allegedly involved in armed resistance against the Israeli occupation of Palestine has been meticulously documented by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR). The continuing silence of the international community, including High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, has actively encouraged Israel to act as though it is above the law and to continue committing gross human rights violations against the Palestinian people, including hundreds of extra-judicial executions.

30 Jun 2008 description


The ceasefire that took effect on June created a sense of optimism that after more than a year of heavy restrictions on movement and economic activity, goods and fuel might be able to enter Gaza more freely. By the end of June, there was a small but irregular change in access restrictions.

Many farmers have returned to their fields close to the border fence. At least two were shot but many others were able to harvest crops. Other dangers included landmines and unexploded ordinance which put children at particular risk.

29 Jun 2008 description

Adnan Najeeb is a refugee living in the northern West Bank village of Burin with his wife and five children. He takes his children for testing for intestinal amoebas every three months and they always test positive for the parasite, which causes diarrhea.

About two years ago, when there was an outbreak of hepatitis in the village, all of his children contracted the illnesses, including his youngest daughter, Iman (5). The disease has since been contained, but the villagers insist that the plague of amoebas persists.

This is the dilemma faced by Burin's residents.

29 Jun 2008 description

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel will on Sunday reopen border crossing points to the Gaza Strip for commercial goods, closed since Wednesday after Palestinian militants fired rockets in violation of a truce, an Israeli officer told AFP.

'The Karni and Sufa crossing points will be reopened Sunday at 8:00 am (0500 GMT) following the relative calm of the past few days,' Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner told AFP.

'Around 80 trucks filled with goods and humanitarian aid should be authorised to enter the Gaza Strip on Sunday,' he added.

The Nahal Oz terminal for …

29 Jun 2008 description
report Xinhua

JERUSALEM, Jun 29, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Israel on Sunday reopened several border crossings into the Gaza Strip, following a four-day closure in response to truce-violating rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave.

The Sufa commercial crossing, the Nahal Oz fuel terminal, the Erez crossing and the Karni crossing resumed operations on Sunday morning, with some restrictions, said an Israeli military spokesman.

The Jewish state opened its Gaza border crossings after an Egypt-brokered ceasefire with militant groups in the Hamas-ruled strip came into effect on …

28 Jun 2008 description

Aleppo, 28 June 2008 - Mr. Ahmad Sideeq al-Khaga, Director of the Projects and Development Department and Acting Deputy Secretary-General for Projects and Relief at the UAE Red Crescent, laid the foundation stone today for a the construction of a new health clinic and 140 housing units in Neirab Camp, Aleppo.

Under an agreement signed between UNRWA and the UAE Red Crescent Society in Abu Dhabi in April 2008, the UAE donated US$5 million towards the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the camp in the second phase of the Neirab Rehabilitation Project (NRP).

27 Jun 2008 description
report Government of Italy

Rome June 27, 2008

"The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 900.000 euros to FAO, in response to the 'UN Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) 2008 - Occupied Palestinian Territory Projects.

The contribution, particularly, will sustain projects with a financial amount of 300.000 euros each, named: 'oPt-08/A02 - Emergency support to needy fishermen in the Gaza Strip to restore their fishing activities'; 'oPt-08/A03 - Emergency support to small ruminant …