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    Gaza Strip Geography - 2006

      Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Israel

      Geographic coordinates:
      31 25 N, 34 20 E

      Map references:
      Middle East

      total: 360 sq km
      land: 360 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      slightly more than twice the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      total: 62 km
      border countries: Egypt 11 km, Israel 51 km

      40 km

      Maritime claims:
      Israeli-occupied with current status subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement - permanent status to be determined through further negotiation

      temperate, mild winters, dry and warm to hot summers

      flat to rolling, sand- and dune-covered coastal plain

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
      highest point: Abu 'Awdah (Joz Abu 'Auda) 105 m

      Natural resources:
      arable land, natural gas

      Land use:
      arable land: 29%
      permanent crops: 21%
      other: 50% (2002)

      Irrigated land:
      150 sq km; note - includes West Bank (2003)

      Natural hazards:

      Environment - current issues:
      desertification; salination of fresh water; sewage treatment; water-borne disease; soil degradation; depletion and contamination of underground water resources

      Geography - note:
      strategic strip of land along Mideast-North African trade routes has experienced an incredibly turbulent history; the town of Gaza itself has been besieged countless times in its history

      NOTE: The information regarding Gaza Strip on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Gaza Strip Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Gaza Strip Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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