OCHA The West Bank Barrier March 2007

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Published on April 11, 2008

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The West Bank BarrierFebruary 2007 : In June 2002, Israel accelerated construction of the Barrier. It stated that the Barrier was a temporary security structure to prevent the entrance of suicide bombers into Israel. In many places the Barrier separates Palestinians from other Palestinians, from their families, from their farm land, and from humanitarian services such as water resources, hospitals and schools. The UN objection to the Barrier is to the route in the West Bank and not to the Barrier itself. The West Bank BarrierFebruary 2007 10 % of the Barrier is made up of 8-9 meter concrete slabs. This type of Barrier is mostly found in urban areas. : 10 % of the Barrier is made up of 8-9 meter concrete slabs. This type of Barrier is mostly found in urban areas. Spans 50 meters wide consisting of: - barbed-wire, - patrol roads, - electronics, - trace sand, and - ditches. This type of Barrier is mostly found in rural and agricultural areas. CONCRETE BARRIER FENCE-LIKE BARRIER Slide 3: Barrier Route 703 km Total length 703 km 58% Constructed (406km) 9% Under Construction (65km) 33% Planned (232km) (As of 5 Oct 2006) Please wait while slide is loading Slide 4: There are 60 gates in the Barrier that allow some access to land, however, fewer than half are open to Palestinians. Palestinians must obtain permits from the Israeli army to cross a gate. The permit is valid for one gate only. Gates are generally open 3 times a day for 20 minutes and can be unpredictable. Slide 5: Green Line West Bank BarrierConstructedPlanned PalestinianBuilt-up IsraeliSettlements Barrier GatesNo Accessfor PalestiniansRestricted Accessfor PalestiniansSeasonal Accessfor Palestinians (As of Nov 2006) Please wait while slide is loading Please click here to activate optionallayers Habla Tunnel Road 55 IKONOS imagery Jan 2004 Settlement expansion Slide 6: Farmers at Qaffin Gate wait for the IDF to let them pass. The Gilo checkpoint in Bethlehem, 1.5km inside the West Bank. Slide 7: On 4 July 2004, the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion to the General Assembly on the legality of the Barrier route. concluded that the Barrier route running inside the West Bank and East Jerusalem violated international humanitarian and human rights law. called on Israel to halt construction and dismantle the parts it had built. The Court: Slide 8: USE This Power Point Presentation may be used, however, must be accompanied by the date and source. METHODS OCHA oPt has been monitoring the status of the West Bank Barrier since 2002. Maps are based on satellite imagery analysis and validated by field observations. MORE RESOURCES OCHA-oPt documents and maps are available at <www.ochaopt.org> CONTACT Email <ochaopt@un.org> Phone +972 (0) 2582-9962 Close the presentation

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