The Gaza Arms Blockade

 

The Situation in Gaza After Operation Cast Lead

Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in September 2005. In 2007, Hamas seized power in Gaza in a bloody fratricidal coup. Between September 2005 and December, 2008, over 8,000 rockets were fired into southern Israel. In an attempt to stop the incessant barrages of missiles and mortars, on December 27, 2008, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Cast Lead against the Hamas regime in Gaza.

The following is a summary of the situation on the ground since a ceasefire was brokered in mid-January 2009.

Missile Fire

While missile fire has declined greatly in the past year, it has not stopped entirely. According to Israel’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre (ITIC), between the end of Operation Cast Lead and December 8th, 2009:

Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Despite the ongoing missile firing, Israel continues to provide substantial aid to the civilian population in Gaza. As reported in November 2009 by Col. Moshe Levi, Head of the IDF Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration, the following details provide a picture of that humanitarian aid going into Gaza (supplemented by figures from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs):