The West Bank Barrier February 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.
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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.
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.
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58% Constructed (406km)
9% Under Construction (65km)
33% Planned (232km)
(As of 5 Oct 2006)
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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.
West Bank BarrierConstructedPlanned
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Barrier GatesNo Accessfor PalestiniansRestricted Accessfor PalestiniansSeasonal Accessfor Palestinians
(As of Nov 2006)
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IKONOS imagery Jan 2004
Farmers at Qaffin Gate wait for the IDF to let them pass.
The Gilo checkpoint in Bethlehem, 1.5km inside the West Bank.
Opinion of the International Court of Justice
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