Latest Developments: 21 – 22 January 22, 2009
- United Nations Under Secretary-General of Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes arrived in the oPt on 21 January, on a five-day mission in the region to review humanitarian needs in the Gaza Strip in the wake of the recent military operation. On 22 January, he visited the Gaza Strip and met with residents and UN staff as part of the humanitarian needs assessment team appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
- Four Palestinians were injured on 22 January by a shell fired from an Israeli gunboat sailing off the Gaza coast. The gunboat reportedly was firing at Palestinian fishermen. Earlier the morning of the 22nd, a house was set afire by a shell fired from an Israeli gunboat. No injuries were reported. Also on the morning of the 22nd, IDF troops shot and injured a child east of Gaza City near the border.