The Seperation Barrier - Statistics

Published: 
1 Jan 2011
Updated: 
16 Jul 2012

Note: All the data below relate to the barrier's effect following its completion in accordance with the route that the government approved on 30 April 2006.

Construction Progress

 
Length (Km)

Percentage of barrier's length

Completed construction

439.7
62.1

Under construction

56.6
8

Construction not yet begun

211.7
29.9
Total
708
100

Source: OCHA: office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,July 2012.

Construction Progress in Jerusaelm

 
Length (Km)

Percentage of barrier's length

Length (Km) including the Ma'ale Adumim enclave Percentage of barrier's length including the Ma'ale Adumim enclave

Completed construction

91
12.8
91 49.86

Under construction

13
1.15
24.9 13.64

Construction not yet begun

38
5.36
66.6 36.5
Total
142
19.31
182.5 100%

Source: OCHA: office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs July 2012.

Areas surrounded by barrier

 
Amount of area (in dunams)

Percentage of West Bank

Area west of the barrier (including East Jerusalem) 479,881 8.5
Area east of the barrier that are completely or partially surrounded 191,040 3.4

Total land area affected

670,921 11.9

Palestinian population affected by the barrier's route

 
Number of Communities

Number of Residents

Communities west of the barrier* 17 27,520
Communities east of the barrier that are completely or partially surrounded** 54 247,800
East Jerusalem 21 222,500
Total 92 497,820

* Residents of these towns and villages will require permits to live in their homes, and they will be able to leave their communities only via a gate in the barrier. The figure does not include three communities that are presently situated west of the barrier but lie east of the barrier according to the currently approved route.
** Residents of these towns and villages will not require permits or have to pass through a gate.

Settlements

 
Number of Settlements

Number of Residents

Settlements west of the barrier 48 187,840
Settlements east of the barrier 69 57,330
Settlements in East Jerusalem 12 192,918
Total 129 438,088

Data source: Israel 's Central Bureau of Statistics, The PA Central Bureau of Statistics and OCHA. All data on population updated to the end of 2005.

Gates in the Separation Barrier

The Separation Barrier has 66 gates (as of July 2008) for crossing between severed parts of the West Bank. 27 are closed, leaving only 39 to serve Palestinians.

Of the open gates, 20 are either 1) Gates for daily crossing, in which the general Palestinian population can cross from one place to another within the West Bank. Some of these gates are open daily for a consecutive period of twelve hours, others are open twice a day at fixed times, and a few are open around the clock, or 2) Agricultural gates, which are opened two or three times a day, for farmers with crops that require daily care (vegetables and greenhouses, for example) on the other side of the Barrier. To cross, farmers need to obtain a permit from the Civil Administration, which is good for a specific gate.

The remaining 19 gates are opened seasonally, such as during the olive-picking and harvest seasons, for farmers working land on the other side of the Barrier. Generally, these gates are opened two or three times a day, at fixed times and according to the permit regime mentioned above.

Separation Barrier Gates, by Area, July 2008

Area
Open gates

Seasonal gates

Closed gates Total
Qalqiliya 11 3 14
Salfit 3 3 6
Tulkarm 6 4 10
Jenin 2 9 11
Jerusalem 10 10
Ramallah 1 7 8
Hebron 7 7
Total 20 19 27 66

Data Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).