January 9, 2020. What is known today as the Gaza Strip, originally a region in Mandatory Palestine, was created through the armistice agreements between Israel and Egypt in 1949. From that time until 1967, the Strip was under Egyptian control, cut off from Israel as well as from the West Bank, which was under Jordanian rule. In 1967, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were occupied by Israel.
January 1, 2020. Israel’s security cabinet convened today to discuss what has been portrayed in various media outlets as “civilian easings,” that is, measures to be implemented by Israel as part of a “settlement” or long-term ceasefire agreement with Hamas.
December 19, 2019. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced this morning that the fishing zone enforced by Israel off Gaza’s coast would again be reduced from 15 to 10 nautical miles “until further notice.” The measure was openly framed as a response to a rocket fired last night from the Strip toward Israel. The reduction has been imposed to the south of Wadi Gaza, an area of the zone that previously reached up to 15 nautical miles.
September 4, 2019. Gaza’s unemployment rate rose 0.4% from the first to the second quarter of 2019, and now stands at 46.7%. As of Q1 of 2019, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics changed its method of calculating unemployment figures, following the recommendations of the International Conference of Labour Statisticians and in cooperation with the International Labour Organization.
August 29, 2019. On Sunday, Israel announced that according to the decision reached by Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu, it would restrict the transfer of fuel destined for Gaza’s sole power plant and would only enable half the quantity of fuel to enter the Strip “until further notice.”