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Gaza’s population balloons

With an average 5.7 births for each woman, Gaza’s government has no plans to curtail population growth.
Palestinians enjoy the warm weather on a Gaza City beach June 24, 2011.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) - RTR2O26S

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza schools are overcrowded with students. According to interviews Al-Monitor conducted with schoolteachers, the average number of students in classrooms reaches 40 in both public schools and those affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA), reflecting the demographic reality in the Gaza Strip.

“The population of the small Strip, whose area is 365 square kilometers [141 square miles], passed 1.865 million in March, or 5,109 people per square kilometer. Thus, the Gaza Strip is on the list of the most densely populated areas in the world,” said Riad al-Zeitouniya, the head of the Civil Status and Passport Department in the Ministry of Interior of the Gaza government, speaking to Al-Monitor.

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