THE GAZA STRIP

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This a map of the Gaza Strip.



The Flags of the Gaza Strip

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This is the flag of Palestine.



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This is the flag of Hamas.

Religion of the Gaza Strip and USA


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General Information of the Gaza Strip


The Gaza Strip is a section of the Middle East, barely twice the size of Washington D.C! The Gaza Strip borders the West Bank. The Gaza Strip’s total area is 140 square miles. The Gaza Strip was ruled by the Ottoman Empire from about 1516-1916, and then began switching between the rule of Israel and the rule of Egypt. There is a major conflict going on in the Gaza Strip, and this is a conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The Gaza Strip has a population that is quite large, which leads to unemployment of many people. The industries of the Gaza Strip consist of creating textiles, producing foods, and making furniture. The common exports of this region are strawberries, carnations, and various vegetables, all natural items. The main languages spoken in this area of the Middle East are Arabic, Hebrew, and English. The main Religion of the Gaza Strip is Muslim, but there is a little bit of Christian. In 2010, there were 2.405 million cellular phones in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank combined, and in 2008 there was 1 television station and 10 radio stations, and just think of that compared to the United States!

Demographics Mania


The Gaza Strip is an interesting place if you are interested in demographics. The main ethnicity in The Gaza Strip is Palestinian Arab. The main languages spoken in The Gaza Strip are Arabic and Hebrew, but English is widely understood. The main religion in The Gaza Strip is Muslim, but there’s a small amount of Christianity in the Gaza Strip. 92.4% of people in The Gaza Strip can read and write by the time they’re 15 years old. The life expectancy for the main population of The Gaza Strip is 74.16 years. The Gaza Strip is very strategically located. It's right by the Suez Canal and it also borders the Mediterranean Sea. The Gaza Strip does not have very many natural resources that the world wants. This region grows food but it does not have oil or gems. Including the West Bank, the Gaza Strip makes 12.79 billion dollars in 2009 on gross domestic production. As you can see, the Gaza Strip has very interesting demographics!

Food Galore


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This is a picture of a falafel.

Food is a basic need in the Gaza Strip. The land is flat which makes a great area for farming. Most of the farming is done within city limits, but not all. In fact, three fourths of the Gaza Strip is farmland. The Gaza Strip is known for citrus farming. They export their oranges and lemons to Europe. They also export strawberries, carnations, and assorted vegetables. The Gaza Strip also grows vegetables in the city. In some of the rural parts of the region is where they grow wheat and olives. These foods are very important to the Gaza Strip. They also grow assorted fruits. This region also dines on various meats and dairy products. Most dishes in Palestine are either made from lamb, chicken, rice or a combination of those. Another common food in Palestine is the falafel, which is made of fried patties made up of ground chick peas, along with garlic and onion with spices such as cumin or turmeric. Mafghoussa is another common food, and it consists of spicy green peppers with zucchini. Various dishes such as eggplant salad can be found throughout the region. You see, in this region, food is an essential item!

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This is the city of Khan Younis.



Khan Younis


At one of the five zoos in Khan Younis, the dead animals join the live ones. Smuggling animals has become increasingly hard to do, so the zoo exhibits animals that have been taxidermied. Khan Younis is located in southwest Palestine and is 25 kilometers south of Gaza. It is the second largest city of the Gaza Strip next to Gaza City. The city’s name is formed with two words- Khan meaning hostel or shelter and Younis relating to Prince Younis Dawader, the advisor of Sultan Barquq and founder of the city. Khan Younis was built as a garrison around 1387 CE for soldiers guarding traveler and pilgrims journeying to Mecca and Jerusalem. The town square is surrounded by this remarkable famous fort that controls the view.In the old times, the city functioned as a location for profit-making caravans. The city is also a market town for agricultural produce from the surrounding villages. The merchants sell everything from embroidery to fish.Khan Younis gained special significance for its strategic location connecting the Nile Valley to the Fertile Crescent, Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula. Khan Younis is a city that is worth a visit!