This update is issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as coordinator of the Protection Cluster in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
It has been jointly prepared by members of the Protection Cluster Working Group in the Gaza Strip, including: UNICEF, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Dameer Association for Human Rights, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, UNESCO, UN Mine Action Team (UNMAT) and the Emergency Water and Sanitation Hygiene Group (EWASH).
The violence surrounding the conflict in the Gaza Strip has affected scores of civilians in many different areas.
This update highlights protection of civilian concerns in the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) in the Gaza Strip only – the sea and land areas in Gaza bordering Israel.
It covers the period of January to December 2011.