Today, 23 December 2009, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) release 23 Days of War, 928 Days of Closure: Life One Year after Israel’s Latest Offensive on the Gaza Strip, 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009. This report is released in order to highlight the reality of life in the occupied Gaza Strip, and to illustrate the dramatic deterioration in the human rights situation brought about by 928 days of continuous illegal closure,[1] as well as numerous offensives, incursions, and attacks.


The report intends to present an overview of the human rights situation in the Gaza Strip by highlighting facts and figures relating to:


  • Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009),
  • The illegal closure, including poverty, unemployment, and food security, the tunnel network, and international donor complicity in violations of international law
  • The so-called ‘buffer zone’,
  • The health sector, including external medical referrals and the effects of the closure
  • And the water and sanitation sector.


For further information contact:

Daragh Murray, Legal Officer, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, 00972599468828,


[1] 14 June 2007 – 27 December 2009.