Gaza Strip, with cities marked in gray.
World Factbook: "High population density, limited land and sea access, continuing isolation, and strict internal and external security controls have degraded economic conditions in the Gaza Strip - the smaller of the two areas in the Palestinian Territories."
Estimated per capita GDP (2008 U.S. dollars)
2008: List by the World Factbook as the same as the West Bank: $2,900
Some people in the Gaza Strip have citrus or olive orchards. Some grow vegetables commercially, and there are beef and dairy products industries.
Infant mortality (deaths before the age of one year per 1,000 live births)
2011: 17.12 deaths
Average life expectancy at birth
International aid has prevented the complete collapse of the strip's economy. The people of Gaza are dependent on charity to keep from starving to death. According to Wikipedia, "Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip receive one of the highest levels of aid in the world." According to footnote #2 in the Wikipedia article, there are claims that this assistance has been less than half of the "annual bilateral funds of US$654 per person" that the U.S. has been providing Israel.
July 2013: 1,763,387
Birth and death rates per 1,000 population
2011: birth 35.3, death 3.29
Living in an urban area
Density in 2005: 3,823 persons per square kilometer, more than 10 times that of Belgium and about 100 times the United States - but exceeded by Hong Kong and Macau.
The population is predominately Sunni Muslim. A little less than one in 100 is Christian (0.7 percent).
Between Egypt and Israel. 40 kilometers of coastline along the Mediterranean Sea, and about 9 kilometers wide. Total area: 360 kilometers or 139 square miles.
Israel still controls maritime, airspace and most access to the Gaza Strip; and it enforces a restricted zone along the border inside Gaza. Hamas has had control of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza since January 2006. Israel considers itself at war with Hamas, believing that Hamas is at war against it.
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