UN: Little change in number of W. Bank movement obstacles for Palestinians

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said little had been done in the past nine months to remove West Bank obstacles that block Palestinian movement. According to a closure survey it completed in March 2009 and released on Tuesday, there are 634 obstacles blocking internal Palestinian movement and access in the West Bank. This is an increase of four obstacles compared with the last report in September 2008. The obstacles include 93 staffed checkpoints and 541 unstaffed obstacles such as roadblocks, earth mounds, earth walls, road barriers, and trenches. Of the 93 checkpoints, 20 so called "partial checkpoints" are only staffed part of the time, including some which are rarely staffed.