Posted on 20 February 2014

The Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin | January 2014

Up to 30,000 people whose employment is directly related to construction activities in the Gaza Strip may have lost their jobs since mid-2013 due to the restrictions on the import of construction materials. 160 people displaced due to demolitions in Bedouin communities located in “firing zones” along the Jordan Valley; temporary easing of access restrictions in another “firing zone” in southern Hebron. The Humanitarian Country Team for the oPt began implementing its 2014-2016 Strategic Response Plan (SRP), addressing the most urgent humanitarian and protection needs of 1.9 million vulnerable Palestinians in Gaza, Area C of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Seam Zone.

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Children of a herding community with belongings after Israeli authorities demolished their structures in Ein al Hilwa (Tubas Governorate) in the Jordan Valley on 30 January 2014. Credit: OCHA

This month witnessed mixed developments affecting Bedouin and herding communities located in areas designated as closed military zones for training or “firing zones”, across Area C of the West Bank: on the one hand, the Israeli authorities declared a temporary lull in demolitions and an easing of access restrictions in one such area in southern Hebron (Massafer Yatta, or Firing Zone 918); on the other hand 160 people were forcibly displaced from other “firing zones” along the Jordan Valley.