General Statistics on the
Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)
(British Mandate of Palestine, now Israel
and the OPT):
Palestinian Territories (WBGS): 6,170
130 km long, 40-65 km in width
45 km long, 5-12 km in width (self rule
area: 210 km2)
After the 1948 war, most of the Palestinian
population was scattered as refugees in the Gaza
strip and West Bank, other Arab countries, and
further abroad. In 1967 Israel seized the Gaza
strip and West Bank.
West Bank and
Gaza (mid-2001): 3,298,951 (West
what is now Israel:
population outside Israel and the OPT:
(Lebanon: 382,973; Syria: 391,651; Jordan:
Refugees in the
OPT: West Bank: 607,770; Gaza strip:
of all refugees are still living in 59
refugee camps in the neighboring countries
and the OPT.
The Gaza strip
refugee camps housing some 400.000
people which is about half the refugee
population in the strip. The camps in
Gaza are amongst the most densely populated
areas in the world (in average there are
per inhabitant in Gaza. In comparison every
inhabitant in Ramallah has 3,978.1 m2,
Jerusalem: 1,029.4 m2,
Nablus: 3,244.3 m2,
Jenin: 2,846.8 m2).
The biggest and
most densely populated Palestinian refugee
camp in the world is Jabaliya in the
outskirts of Gaza City. 90.000 people
live in an area of 3 km2.
between 0-19 years (mid-2001): WBGS: 57%,
WB: 55%, Gaza: 61%.
5%, WB: 4.7%, Gaza:
5.9%, WB: 5.5%, Gaza: 6.8%.
household size (persons): WBGS: 6.1,
WB: 5.7, Gaza: 6.9
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