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16 Apr 2002 description


Relief Efforts in the West Bank, the occupied Palestinian territory

16 Apr 2002 description
report Government of Italy

Italy is continuing to deploy her efforts to ease the grave humanitarian crisis that has broken out in the Palestinian Territories following the latest military developments there. In the past few days, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has focused its co-ordinated action in particular on Bethlehem and Nablus, two of the zones most seriously hit by the military occupation and by the present armed clashes, where the convoys organised by the Italian Consulate-General in Jerusalem have also helped to pave the way for other donor countries to follow suit.

16 Apr 2002 description

BETHLEHEM, West Bank - A food convoy organized by a group of Christian organizations, including MCC, arrived in this beleaguered city April 15.

15 Apr 2002 description

Powell met yesterday with Arafat, but failed to produce concrete results.

By Danna Harman, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

JERUSALEM - He came looking for compromise. So far, however, he has found none.

15 Apr 2002 description
report Palestine Monitor

Since Israeli troops invaded Palestinian towns and cities on March the 29th, the civilian population has suffered and come under attack. Scores of people have been killed and injured; civilians trapped in their own homes by the soldiers are the sad casualties of the Israeli aggression.

15 Apr 2002 description
report UN News Service

The Israeli military authorities today granted the United Nations access to the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, but then prevented relief workers from delivering much-needed supplies to the population there.

15 Apr 2002 description

-Early this morning PRCS and the Red Cross were permitted to enter Jenin Camp under military escort after over 10 days of access denial to remove the injured and the dead. Their movement was strictly confined to certain areas resulting in less than 10% of the Camp being accessed. Only seven bodies were recovered as the mass destruction of infrastructure and building collapse made search efforts nearly impossible. Seven other bodies had to be left behind.

15 Apr 2002 description

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia has sent a four-ton consignment of relief assistance to the people of Palestine, the Tunisian News Agency, TAP reported.

15 Apr 2002 description

Elena Ponomareva-Piquier, Chief of the Public Relations Section, UNIS, briefed journalists about the programme of the Secretary-General in Geneva; and the Security Council's backing for the joint statement on the Middle East by the diplomatic "Quartet". She also announced forthcoming press conferences. The Middle East continued to take prominence. The Head of the UNRWA liaison office at Geneva again gave an update on the difficulties faced in the occupied territories, as did other humanitarian agencies.

15 Apr 2002 description
report Christian Aid

Christian Aid has received reports of Palestinian bodies being dumped in mass graves by Israeli soldiers, outside Jenin refugee camp, in the West Bank.

15 Apr 2002 description

Baltimore, April 15, 2002 - A convoy of humanitarian relief supplies, supported by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and four other faith-based aid agencies, has begun reaching needy families in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The convoy - which today reached Bethlehem and will also target Tulkarem, Qalqilya, Jenin, Ramallah and Nablus - is providing a food package to 5,800 families (about 35,000 people) in districts where such items are unavailable in local markets due to the escalating crisis in the Palestinian occupied territories.

15 Apr 2002 description

Relief Efforts in the West Bank, the occupied Palestinian territory

15 Apr 2002 description

"Church World Service deplores the current spiral of violence in Israel and in the Occupied Territories, which brutalizes perpetrators and victims alike," said CWS Executive Director John McCullough, in a recent letter to President Bush. "The escalating tensions growing out of this long standing conflict have increased instability in the entire region. We call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Israeli forces from the areas previously turned over to the Palestinian Authority, and for the cessation of any and all terrorist activity."

15 Apr 2002 description

As Israeli forces continued their military incursions into the West Bank in response to a wave of suicide bombings in Israel, journalists and humanitarian workers entered the Jenin refugee camp on April 15 for the first time since Israel began a sustained assault against the area in late March, finding widespread devastation and bodies buried under mounds of rubble.

15 Apr 2002 description

Secretary of State Colin Powell said "humanitarian needs in the region are greater than ever" prior to a meeting with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGO's) that provide relief to Palestinians.

Powell was scheduled to meet with NGO representatives in Jerusalem April 15.

Following is a transcript of his comments prior to the meeting:

(begin transcript)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman (Jerusalem)

15 Apr 2002 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Jerusalem, April 15, 2002) The Israeli government should immediately allow humanitarian and human rights organizations and journalists unfettered access to Jenin refugee camp, Human Rights Watch urged today. Camp inhabitants remain under curfew without access to food, water, and medical supplies.

15 Apr 2002 description

Communiqué du ministère des Affaires étrangères

(Paris, le 15 avril 2002)

Un avion cargo de la République française partira à 09h00 de Roissy Charles de Gaulle pour l'aéroport de Lod Ben Gourion.

Il aura à son bord 22 tonnes de frêt humanitaire qui seront distribuées sur place par le CICR, l'Ordre de Malte et Médecins du monde.