Gaza Strip

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Map of the Gaza Strip from The World Factbook.
Gaza Strip

The Gaza Strip is a self governing stretch of land along the Mediterranean. The main city in the Gaza Strip is called Gaza. The strip is currently governed by Hamas, a group declared as terrorists by many western nations for its launching of rockets into Israel.

About 1.8 million Palestinians live on a surface of roughly 360 km², making Gaza the 13th most densely populated area on Earth.

History[change | change source]

Gaza was formed in 1967 when Israel moved Jewish settlements and troops into Gaza. Israel controlled the Strip's borders, coastline and airspace until 2005, when it withdrew. An election was held in January 2006, which Hamas won. Since then, Israel has conducted several wars with Hamas due to alleged terrorist acts, causing much of the infrastructure of Gaza to be non functional.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Profile: Hamas Palestinian movement". BBC News. 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2017-07-12.