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Gaza Strip: Key places

Click on the map to explore some of the key locations in Gaza as the Israeli authorities prepare to move settlers out.
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Rafah
Rafah, on the border with Egypt, comprises both a town and a refugee camp. Until 1967 it was linked to the rest of Rafah, which lies in Egypt but was split in two following the Israeli occupation.

The ramshackle, overcrowded camps are home to many of the 900,000 Gazans who are refugees - or descendants of refugees - from wars with Israel. Services in the camps, such as sanitation and electricity, are basic. Support for the militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad is strong in such areas.

Rafah camp, founded in 1949, merges into a town of the same name. Tunnels used to smuggle in weapons from Egypt have been found in Rafah.

Israeli military incursions have been frequent in Rafah during the intifada. In recent years it is estimated that more than 1,700 homes have been bulldozed in what Israel says are attempts to halt militant activity. Israel also maintains a buffer strip on the border.

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REFUGEE CAMPS
More than three quarters of Gaza's population are registered as refugees
Over half of them live in eight camps
The Rafah camp has 95,187 registered refugees
The largest, Jabaliya - north of Gaza City - has 106,691

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