The Gaza Strip is a narrow
piece of land along the southern coast of Israel. It is about 25 miles
long and 4 to 5 miles wide. After the Six Day War in 1967 it was
occupied by Israel and administered by them. The population of the
strip is over 600,000. About 60% are refugees from Israel, and over
99% are stateless Arabs from Palestine. Almost 60% of the population
are employed in Israel.
After long and
difficult negotiations the Gaza Strip achieved some aspects of
autonomy. Yasir Arafat arrived on July 1, and in 1995 elections were
held to determine the leadership of the internal Palestinian state.
The stamp shows the borders of the Gaza Strip with
Israel, the major roads, and settlements. The city of Gaza at the
north end of the Strip has a population of over 120,000, and is the
principal city and administrative center.