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What interesting information you find on the UN site regarding the evolution of figures regarding Jenin.
Une information intéressante.. que vous trouvez sur le site de l'ONU quant à l'évolution de chiffres concernant à Djénine.


Short comments to start: 1 kilometre square = 15.000 refugees, less than 4000 homeless (800 “shelters”) -> destruction is then for sure less than 500MX500M
Rebuilding cost estimates from 35 M USD (9/5) to 82 M UDS (15/5) to 40 M USD (17/5)
This is .05 M USD to 0.1M USD per shelter (for 4-5 people). This is the value of the small 3 bedroom HOUSE my daughter bought in the Waterloo area and for which she and her friend will have to work and pay for 20 years. Let you read the rest….

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2002/PAL1914.doc.htm
JERUSALEM, 10 April (UNRWA) -- Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), has said that the humanitarian crisis in Jenin refugee camp is fast turning into a catastrophe. Following the death of some 13 Israeli soldiers yesterday during their incursion into the camp, Israeli tanks and bulldozers are intensifying their demolition of shelters, with field reports indicating that the bulldozers are “shaving off” shelters in the one-kilometre square camp in which close to 15,000 refugees live.

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db041502.doc.htm
According to UNRWA figures, out of a total population of 14,000 refugees in the camp, some 4,000 have left or been forced out of the camp into the neighbouring town and villages. A majority of those remaining in the camp, according to UNRWA, would be women, children and the elderly. They have been without any water, food and medical attention for 14 consecutive days.

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db041602.doc.htm
Meanwhile, Robinson said, there were some welcome signs, including Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s condemnation of last Friday’s suicide bombing and all civilian killings, and the decision of the Israeli High Court to direct that the bodies of people killed in Jenin be handed over to the Palestinians for burial. Serious problems remain, however, including the continuation of suicide bombings and of the military measures by Israel that have left hundreds dead and thousands displaced, she said, adding, "the unresolved standoff in Bethlehem and the virtual destruction of Jenin are of deep concern to us all"

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db041902.doc.htm
Preliminary estimates of damage to refugee shelters in the latest incursion on 29 March show that over 300 shelters in Tulkarm, Nur Shams, Balata, Askar and Camp Number 1 have been severely damaged, in addition to some 800 shelters in Jenin camp. One hundred seventy other refugee houses in Qalqilia and Hebron towns have also been damaged, according to the same initial estimates

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db041902.doc.htm
This morning in Jerusalem, Terje Roed Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, met with members of the diplomatic corps, as well as World Bank and UNRWA representatives, to update them on the economic, humanitarian and political situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. He then held a previously scheduled press conference. In his opening statement, referring to his visit yesterday to Jenin refugee camp, he said: “Let me be very clear I have not and I am not accusing anyone of massacres. We do not have the full facts from Jenin. But what I saw yesterday was truly appalling.” “The destruction was massive; the stench overwhelming”, he said.

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db042402.doc.htm
It is indisputable, the report says, that there has been extensive loss of life on the Palestinian, as well as the Israeli side. In addition, the report notes, citing estimates by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, there has been extensive destruction of property and infrastructure, with some 4,000 to 5,000 people left homeless in the Jenin refugee camp.

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db042502.doc.htm
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has drawn up an emergency relief and recovery plan for the Palestinian population, using some $400,000 from the Islamic Development Bank to purchase and distribute food, baby milk, bedding, medical kits and essential household items for those who have been affected the most by the recent operations, especially in Nablus and Jenin. UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown said, “It is crucial for the international community to make available the seed capital that would help the Palestinian Authority rebuild its governing institutions”. To that end, UNDP has received approximately $40 million in new contributions for immediate infrastructure repairs, including those to roads, water supply systems and damaged buildings.

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db043002.doc.htm
Ross Mountain, Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the major humanitarian priorities at the present time were unexploded ordnance, particularly in Jenin and Nablus; shelter, particularly in Jenin where 800 houses had been destroyed and others had suffered extensive damage; psychological and social work; and infrastructure.

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db050102.doc.htm
Question: Back on Jenin. The Palestinian Authority, I believe, has dropped their estimate of the death toll from over 500 to something roughly like 56 at this point. Given the sharp drop in the numbers, does that have any impact on the need for a team to go into Jenin? Has the Secretary-General considered that? What does that mean? Is there still a need? Spokesman: Well, I think the purpose of the team wasn’t to establish a body count. I think the Secretary-General felt that it would be in everyone’s interest if we could clarify once and for all exactly what happened. He, as you know, originally had assurances from the Israelis that they had nothing to hide. That they would welcome and cooperate with a fact-finding team. Those assurances were also given to the United States. The United States took the lead in the Council to put forward a resolution. The Council welcomed the team and then things started to turn around.


Coming from a Belgian newspaper De Standaard and AFP...
http://www.standaard.be/archief/zoeken/detailNew.asp?articleID=DST03052002_039 (password needed, but access free!), but not retrievable from AFP????
Unrwa heeft geld nodig (afp) UNRWA needs 2.2 Billion Euro due to Israeli intervention.
03/05/2002
De VN-organisatie voor Palestijnse vluchtelingen (Unrwa) heeft 2,2
miljard euro nodig voor de hulp aan de ontheemden die het slachtoffer
zijn geworden van het militaire offensief van Israël op de Westelijke
Jordaanoever. Dat heeft Unrwa-directeur Peter Hansen gezegd.
( probably 2.2 Billion BEF and not EURO...???)

Hansen zei dat er vooral voor de hulp aan Palestijnen in het
vluchtelingenkamp in Jenin veel geld nodig is. Volgens de VN-organisatie
zijn ongeveer vierduizend Palestijnen door de actie van het Israëlische
leger in het vluchtelingenkamp eerder deze, maand dakloos geworden.

Het Unrwa biedt hulp aan ongeveer 3,8 miljoen Palestijnse vluchtelingen
op de Westelijke Jordaanoever, in de Gazastrook en in verscheidene
Arabische landen.

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db050702.doc.htm
The World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, today gave the preliminary results of its own assessment mission for the food situation in Jenin, and it estimates that, including refugees, some 35,000 people in the governorate of Jenin are in urgent need of food assistance. Around 90 per cent of all commerce with Israel has been lost due to the recent closures, while WFP adds that a total of 4,320 people in the Jenin area are now homeless.

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2002/PAL1920.doc.htm
9 May
The UNRWA has had to draw on its existing, over-stretched, resources to tend to the wounded and supply food, medicine and water to areas affected by the recent strife. Extra funds are now needed to replenish the Agency stocks of food and medicines and to cater to the longer-term needs of the Palestine refugees. The UNRWA confirmed to the donors that the United Arab Emirates has pledged to fund the rebuilding of the 800 shelters and camp infrastructure destroyed in the centre of Jenin camp. The cost of that rebuilding and repair work is likely to reach $35 million.

http://www.un.org/unrwa/news/releases/2002/hqa-0102.pdf
$70 MILLION NEEDED FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN WEST BANK AND GAZA
Amman, Jordan May 9, 2002
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has identified an extra US$70 million to meet the emergency humanitarian needs of refugees in the West Bank and Gaza created by the recent Israeli military incursions into the occupied Palestinian territory.

At a meeting of 28 donor and host countries in Amman, Jordan today UNRWA told donor representatives that the US$70 million was an initial estimate of the needs that is in addition to US$ 117 million requested in January to fund the Agency’s 2002 emergency programmes. The Agency has so far been promised only US$46 million for the January appeal.

UNRWA has had to draw on its existing, over-stretched, resources to tend to the wounded and supply food, medicine and water to areas affected by the recent strife. Extra funds are now needed to replenish the Agency stocks of food and medicines and to cater to the longer-term needs of the Palestine refugees. UNRWA confirmed to the donors that the United Arab Emirates has pledged to fund the re-building of the 800 shelters and camp infrastructure destroyed in the centre of Jenin camp. The cost of that rebuilding and repair work is likely to reach US$35 million.

Mr Peter Hansen, UNRWA’s Commissioner General, told donor representatives: “The challenges facing the refugees are immense. After 18 months of closure and hardship the recent Israeli invasion has led to largescale destruction of shelters, water supplies, electricity lines and sewage lines. There has been a wholesale destruction of civic infrastructure with the result that a large portion of the refugee population finds itself without the basic services and means of support for the minimum standards of life. The refugees urgently need the support of the international community.”

The Agency also described to donors the extreme difficulties it faces in carrying out its humanitarian work because of the access restrictions imposed by Israel’s military authorities. Food distribution is being continually hampered in both the West Bank and Gaza by movement restrictions placed on UNRWA deliveries. The almost complete closure of commercial entry points to the Gaza Strip to containers delivering UNRWA’s food commodities has caused particular concern. Many donor delegations underscored the importance of Israeli’s compliance with its obligations under international law to allow the Agency humanitarian access and to ensure the safety and security of UNRWA and other relief workers.

Mr Hansen added: “It is particularly disturbing that donations intended for humanitarian aid have had to be spent on storing that aid at Israeli ports rather than distributing it to the needy. Already we have had to cancel the distribution of emergency food aid planned for May 11 because the food cannot be brought into Gaza.

That aid is intended for the very poorest of the refugees, people who cannot afford to go without UNRWA assistance.” Donor delegations commended the staff of UNRWA in the occupied Palestinian territories for the extraordinary efforts they were making to deliver humanitarian assistance to refugees in the midst of the conflict and at great personal risk.

An a lot of other nonsense with +/-30 pictures (on an area that is even less than 500MX500M !!) from Peter Hansen is on:
http://www.un.org/unrwa/news/index.html#latest

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db051502.doc.htm
An assessment, carried out by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Norway and released earlier today in Jerusalem, has determined the total cost of the damage in the West Bank and Gaza resulting from the recent Israeli incursions at more than $361 million. The most heavily damaged areas were Nablus and Jenin; the total damage to Nablus cost some $114 million, while damage to Jenin was estimated at more than $82 million.

http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2002/db051702.doc.htm
This morning in Geneva, Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, better known as UNRWA, briefed journalists following his speech earlier this week at the World Health Assembly.


In response to a question, Hansen said that UNRWA had estimated the damage to its installations in the camps in the West Bank as a result of the recent military operations to be about $3.8 million. As for Jenin specifically, he added that the agency estimates that it will take $35 to 40 million to repair damaged infrastructure and rebuild shelters for about 800 families. The full text of his press briefing we expect to have for you shortly.