The Gaza Strip is a 41 km long and 6 to 12 km wide region located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Gaza Strip population stands at 1.6 million. It is bordered by Israel and Egypt.
Israel completely withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, though Gaza terrorists continue to launch rockets at Israeli communities.
Every day, Israel sends approximately 6,000 tons of goods into the Gaza Strip including medical supplies, food products, constructions materials, etc. via the various land crossings. The passage is made possible by IDF soldiers and by coordination between Israeli, Palestinian and international bodies.
Each week, approximately 1,200 trucks filled with nearly 34,000 tons of goods and gas enter Gaza via the Kerem Shalom land crossing.
Additionally, the Erez Crossing allows the passage of Palestinian patients for medical treatment in Israel, Palestinian workers, journalists and international organization staff members.
In April 2011, a Red Cross official said that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
The Gaza Strip economy continues to improve: In the summer of 2011, a new 10-story, five-star hotel with luxurious banquet halls made of marble and stone, first-class restaurants and a shining swimming pool was opened.