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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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The Gaza Strip is a narrow piece of land along the Mediterranean coast between Israel and Egypt. Just 40km long and 10km wide, it is home to 1.4 million Palestinians and 8,000 Israeli settlers. Most of the Palestinians are refugees or descendants of refugees who fled or were expelled from Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

The settlers moved to Gaza following Israel's occupation of the strip in 1967. Following the 1993 agreement between the Palestinians and Israel about two thirds of the Strip came under Palestinian control. The remaining third is under Israeli control.

The Israeli government intends to withdraw the settlers and its military forces from the Gaza Strip, starting in mid-August 2005. This guide tells you more about some of the key places in the strip.

Territory enclosed by Israeli security fence
Population density averages more than 3,500/sq km
Pop. growth rate - 3.8%; Life expectancy - 71
Unemployment put at 41.3% in 2004
66% of Gazans live below UN-defined poverty line
Over 28,000 made homeless by Israeli army since 2000


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