The two UN bodies were requested by the Humanitarian Emergency Policy Group to conduct a joint assessment of Rafah's humanitarian needs in March 2004, but the report——which as originally prepared covered the period from January 2003 to February 2004——was delayed to take into account the further destruction from the May 2004 IDF operations in the camp. The data for the needs assessment were supplied by the Rafah Municipality and all the UN agencies and NGOs operating in Rafah. The report warns that the figures should be considered provisional, because ““field assessments are still being finalized, especially in the infrastructure sector”” and ““IDF incursions and demolitions continued into June.”” What follows is the twenty-one-page report's executive summary and the section ““Background: Humanitarian Crisis in Rafah.”” Footnotes have been omitted for space. The full report is available online at

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