The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) reported that 149 Palestinian localities were affected by the construction of the Separation Wall in different cities of the West Bank (WB).

In a press release issued, on Thursday, on the Main Findings of the Survey on the Impact of the Separation Wall on the Socio-Economic Conditions of Palestinian Localities which the wall passes through, the PCBS revealed that 149 Palestinian areas were affected by the separation wall including 675 thousands of Palestinians; this number includes15 areas, which contain 44 thousands of Palestinians completely surrounded by the  wall.

By the end of May 2005, eight governorates where directly affected by the Wall; the areas are Jenin, Tulkarem, Salfit, and Qalqilia, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Al-Bireh, Bethlehem and Hebron.

Fifteen localities are surrounded by the Separation Wall, while 134 localities are outside the Wall area, in addition to 47,921 Dunams of farmlands which have been annexed since the construction of the Separation Wall until the end of May 2005.

On displacement, the center reported that 2,448 households were displaced from the localities that the Separation Wall passes through since the beginning of its construction until the end of May 2005. The number of residents in these households is estimated to be 14,364 persons (7,333 males, and 7,031 females), PCBS said.

The total number of economic establishments closed in the areas that the Wall passes through is 1,702 establishments (1,330 establishments in the north of the WB, 245 establishments in the center, and 127 establishments in the south.

Also, 124 areas affected by the Wall r received humanitarian aide over the last 12 months (11 inside the wall, 113 outside the Wall area).