Places in The Palestinian Territories
The Gaza Strip
Gaza has been off the to-do list for travellers for some time – and for good reason. Israel has blockaded the tiny strip from land, air and sea since just after Islamist party Hamas took control in 2006, keeping Gaza's 1.8 million residents in and, with the exception of a handful of journalists, politicians and aid workers, the world out.
The exact meaning of the name Gaza has been obscured through time. The ancient Egyptians called it Ghazzat (‘the prized city’) and, as one of the oldest functioning cities in the world, Gaza has always been considered a treasure for invaders and emperors. Gaza City is based around the long Omar al-Mukhtar St, which runs north to south from the sea to the main Salah ad-Din St.
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