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Gaza Strip Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Gaza Strip Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

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

Geographic coordinates:
31 25 N, 34 20 E

Map references:
Middle East

Area:
total: 360 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 360 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 207

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

Land boundaries:
total: 72 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries (2): Egypt 13 km, Israel 59 km

Coastline:
40 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
see entry for Israel
note: effective 3 January 2009, the Gaza maritime area is closed to all maritime traffic and is under blockade imposed by Israeli Navy until further notice

Climate:
temperate, mild winters, dry and warm to hot summers

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

Elevation:
mean elevation: NA
[see also: Elevation - mean elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m highest point: Abu 'Awdah (Joz Abu 'Awdah) 105 m

Natural resources:
arable land, natural gas

Irrigated land:
240 sq km; note - includes the West Bank (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population - distribution:
population concentrated in major cities, particularly Gaza City in the north

Natural hazards:
droughts

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; there are no Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip; the Gaza Strip settlements were evacuated in 2005 (2017)

NOTE: 1) The information regarding Gaza Strip on this page is re-published from the 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Gaza Strip Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Gaza Strip Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) The assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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