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    West Bank Geography 1995

      Location: Middle East, between Jordan and Israel

      Map references: Middle East

      total area: 5,860 sq km
      land area: 5,640 sq km
      comparative area: slightly larger than Delaware
      note: includes West Bank, East Jerusalem, Latrun Salient, Jerusalem No Man's Land, and the northwest quarter of the Dead Sea, but excludes Mt. Scopus

      Land boundaries: total 404 km, Israel 307 km, Jordan 97 km

      Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

      Maritime claims: none; landlocked

      International disputes: West Bank and Gaza Strip are Israeli occupied with interim status subject to Israeli/Palestinian negotiations - final status to be determined

      Climate: temperate, temperature and precipitation vary with altitude, warm to hot summers, cool to mild winters

      Terrain: mostly rugged dissected upland, some vegetation in west, but barren in east

      Natural resources: negligible

      Land use:
      arable land: 27%
      permanent crops: 0%
      meadows and pastures: 32%
      forest and woodland: 1%
      other: 40%

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      current issues: NA
      natural hazards: NA
      international agreements: NA

      Note: landlocked; highlands are main recharge area for Israel's coastal aquifers; there are 200 Jewish settlements and civilian land use sites in the West Bank and 25 in East Jerusalem (April 1994)

      NOTE: The information regarding West Bank on this page is re-published from the 1995 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of West Bank Geography 1995 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about West Bank Geography 1995 should be addressed to the CIA.

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