OPT: Report No. 54 - Implementation of the agreement on movement and access, 28 Nov - 11 Dec 2007
No significant progress is reported: Kerem Shalom remains the only crossing point open for the import of commercial and humanitarian supplies, and exports are still banned. Karni and Sufa crossings remain closed for the movement of goods to and from Gaza. Only a single-lane conveyor belt/chute at Karni continues to function for the import of wheat grain and animal feed into Gaza. Exceptionally, gravel for a waste water treatment project was allowed into Gaza via Sufa during this reporting period. Overall, a total of 950 truckloads, including 136 from humanitarian agencies, were allowed into Gaza between 28 November and 11 December, compared to 936 truckloads in the previous reporting period. Erez crossing remains closed for all Palestinians except for those with special coordination arrangements with the Israeli District Civil Liaison. Rafah crossing was open in one direction (without prior coordination with Israeli authorities) on 3, 4 and 7 December for the departure of Palestinian pilgrims, but remained generally closed for all other Palestinians (the crossing was last open on 9 June).
Changes of note since Report No. 53 (27 November):
Rafah crossing has been generally closed for the movement of people for 185 days (last open 9 June).
Karni crossing has been closed since 12 June for the movement of goods into and out of Gaza. One single-lane conveyor belt/chute for wheat grain and animal feed was open on four days (29 November, 3, 5, 10 December) for a total of 26 hours, compared to 36 hours in the previous period. A total of 232 truckloads of grains and animal feed entered Gaza, compared to 353 in the previous reporting period.
Sufa crossing remains closed for the import of goods since 28 October. Exceptionally, a total of 129 truckloads carrying 5,381 tonnes of gravel for a waste water treatment project were allowed into Gaza via Sufa during this reporting period.
Kerem Shalom crossing was open on 12 days for the entry of commercial and humanitarian goods compared to 10 days during the previous reporting period. An equivalent of 589 truckloads, including 136 from humanitarian agencies, crossed into Gaza through Kerem Shalom, compared to 205 truckloads in the previous period.
Erez crossing remains closed since 12 June for all Palestinians, except for a limited number of Palestinian traders, aid workers and medical cases who have been granted special permits. Erez crossing was open 10 out of 14 scheduled days. The crossing has been closed since March 2006 for Palestinian workers. An average of 1 trader per day crossed through Erez into Israel during this reporting period.
Obstacles to movement in the West Bank remained the same as in the previous reporting period (561). Overall, this represents an increase of 185 obstacles (49.2%) over the baseline figure of August 2005.
No Change since Report No. 52 (13 November):
Convoys between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank:
Truck convoys Implementation now 22 months overdue (since mid-January 2006).
Bus convoys Implementation now 23 months overdue (since mid-December 2005).
Seaport Awaiting GoI assurance of non-interference with seaport operation.
Airport Awaiting commencement of discussions since November 2005.
(1) The Office of the Quartet's Special Envoy closed on 28 April. Since then, the United Nations, through the OCHA oPt office, has assumed reporting responsibilities on the implementation of the AMA.
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