Saturday, July 14, 2012

UN: When complete, 85% of separation wall will run inside West Bank; 23,000 Palestinians to be isolated

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) this week issued a fact sheet about the segregation wall being built by the Israeli occupation and the impact it is having and will have on Palestinian lives when it is completed.

According to OCHA, 85% of the wall's route will run inside the West Bank rather than along the Green Line, isolating 9.4% of the West Bank.

“Around 7,500 Palestinians who reside in areas between the Green Line and the Barrier (Seam Zone), excluding East Jerusalem, require special permits to continue living in their own homes; another 23,000 will be isolated if the Barrier is completed as planned,” the report stated adding that those Palestinians whose land lies behind the barrier have to have special permits to enter their land.

The report also mentions the economic effects the wall is having on Palestinian workers and farmers who lost access to their work or their fields.

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