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Gaza Strip
section of land on the Israeli-Egyptian border which is part of the Palestinian autonomous zone

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Gaza Strip
The Gaza Strip ( , ) or simply Gaza is a self-governed entity on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for and Israel on the east and north along a border. Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been de-facto governed by Hamas, a Palestinian faction claiming to be the legitimate representatives of the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian People. In 2012, the United Nations recognized the Gaza Strip as part of the State of Palestine, with the territory claimed by the Palestinian government in Ramallah; however efforts towards Palestinian reconciliation, which would allow the merger of the Gaza and Ramallah administrations, have so far failed.

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Gaza Strip

Noun
1. a coastal region at the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean bordering Israel and Egypt; "he is a Palestinian from Gaza"
(synonym) Gaza
(hypernym) geographical area, geographic area, geographical region, geographic region
(part-holonym) Israel, State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion


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Gaza Strip

Background
The Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements (the DOP), signed in Washington on 13 September 1993, provided for a transitional period not exceeding five years of Palestinian interim self-government in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Under the DOP, Israel agreed to transfer certain powers and responsibilities to the Palestinian Authority, which includes the Palestinian Legislative Council elected in January 1996, as part of the interim self-governing arrangements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. A transfer of powers and responsibilities for the Gaza Strip and Jericho took place pursuant to the Israel-PLO 4 May 1994 Cairo Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area and in additional areas of the West Bank pursuant to the Israel-PLO 28 September 1995 Interim Agreement, the Israel-PLO 15 January 1997 Protocol Concerning Redeployment in Hebron, the Israel-PLO 23 October 1998 Wye River Memorandum, and the 4 September 1999 Sharm el-Sheikh Agreement. The DOP provides that Israel will retain responsibility during the transitional period for external and internal security and for public order of settlements and Israeli citizens. Direct negotiations to determine the permanent status of Gaza and West Bank began in September 1999 after a three-year hiatus, but were derailed by a second intifadah that broke out in September 2000. The resulting widespread violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel's military response, and instability within the Palestinian Authority continue to undermine progress toward a permanent agreement. Following the death of longtime Palestinian leader Yasir ARAFAT in November 2004, the election of his successor Mahmud ABBAS in January 2005 could bring a turning point in the conflict.

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Map of Gaza Strip

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