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EUBAM Rafah (Palestinian territories)

A EUBAM vehicle on duty in the Gaza Strip

A EUBAM vehicle on duty in the Gaza Strip, © EUBAM-Rafah

18.04.2012 - Article

The European Union Border Assistance Mission in Rafah was established in 2005 to act as a third party to the Israeli-Palestinian Agreement on Movement and Access (AMA) and support the work of local forces at the Palestinian-Egyptian border crossing in Rafah after the Israeli withdrawal. In this context, EUBAM’s job is to monitor and evaluate the local forces’ work without its own executive powers and to contribute to confidence building between the parties.

The mission’s activities were suspended in June 2007 when the border crossing was closed after Hamas came to power, and its staff of nearly 90 was reduced to fewer than 20 people. However, the size of the mission’s staff can be increased again at short notice should circumstances at the border change. Germany makes a very small contribution to the staff.

The EUBAM Rafah website

Information on the Palestinian territories and Israel from the Center for International Peace Operations

A country profile from the Federal Foreign Office: Israel

A country profile from the Federal Foreign Office: Palestinian territories

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