Latest developments since Tuesday, 16 December
Gaza Strip: The blockade is having damaging effects on the ability of the UN to continue its humanitarian operations. All stocks of food for UNRWA are nearly depleted. On 18 December 2008, due to the lack of wheat flour in Gaza, UNRWA was forced to suspend its food distribution for both emergency and regular programs. On average, UNRWA distributes food to approximately 20,000 refugees per day; overall, 750,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza depend on UNRWA food assistance.
On 17 and 18 December, no imports were allowed into Gaza.
On 17 December, Palestinians fired rockets into Israel, injuring three Israelis. For the first time since the Egyptian brokered calm on 19 June, Israel conducted air strikes on buildings in Gaza (Jabalya and Khan Younis), allegedly involved in weapons manufacturing.