One year after the Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s 22-day offensive on Gaza, the strip remains imprisoned and partly destroyed. At the end of the offensive over 1,400 Palestinians were dead; 82 percent of them – the overwhelming majority – were innocent civilians. In January 2009, Gaza looked like the scene of a natural disaster. Its people stood numb and in shock. The ongoing two year-and-a-half Israeli blockade on Gaza has negatively impacted the human rights of the citizens in the Gaza Strip, including the right to health. As a direct result of the blockade, Gaza’s economy has all but collapsed, unemployment and poverty have sky-rocketed and essential infrastructure such as health, water and sanitation networks have deteriorated at an alarming rate, while basic foodstuffs, fuel and medical supplies have been in short supply. Since June 2007, Israel has been imposing restrictions on the movement of goods and people at Gaza’s border crossings.