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Gaza is a densely populated Palestinian territory about twice the size of Washington, D.C. About 1.5 million people live within Gaza's 146 square miles.
The United Nations estimated in 2007 that unemployment was close to 50 percent. International sanctions and Israeli restrictions have severely hampered the economy, which is largely based on agriculture. Nearly three-quarters of the flat, dry terrain is under cultivation.
Gaza was occupied by Israeli troops from 1967 until the Oslo Accords in 1993, when most of those forces began to withdraw and limited power was handed over to the Palestinian Authority. But many issues remained unresolved, leading to violence between Israelis and Palestinians and even Palestinians and other Palestinians.
Filed under: Crisis in Gaza
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