The Borders Authority in Gaza reported late on Friday at night that European Parliamentarians made it into Gaza on Friday evening through the Rafah Border Terminal between Gaza and Egypt. They crossed into Gaza half an hour before Midnight. It added that eighteen EU parliamentarians are conducting a visit to Gaza in order to observe the humanitarian crises and the dire situation resulting from the Israeli-led siege on Gaza and the war.

They came to Gaza after coordinating the issue with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and UN offices operating in Gaza.

The European Parliamentarians intend to visit hospitals, school and areas heavily affected by the three-week Israeli offensive in the winter of 2008–2009.

They also plan to visit several private organizations, businessmen and legislators based in Gaza.

1419 Palestinians, mainly civilians including infants, children, women and elderly, were killed and thousands were wounded. Dozens died of their wounds after the war had ended.

The army bombarded civilians areas, hospitals, infrastructure, medical centers, mosques and UNRWA facilities, inducing schools where hundreds of residents took shelter.