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Palestinian Authority/Palestine Liberation Organization

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Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip (routinely referenced as simply Gaza) consists of the part of the former League of Nations’ Mandate for Palestine contiguous with the Sinai Peninsula that was still held by Egyptian forces at the time of the February 1949 armistice with Israel. Encompassing some 140 square miles (363 sq. km), the territory was never annexed by Egypt and was subsequently not legally recognized as part of any state. In the wake of the 1967 Arab–Israeli war, nearly half of its population of 356,100 (1971E) was living in refugee camps, according to the United Nations (UN) Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The population was estimated by Palestinian officials to be 934,000 prior to a census ...

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