Gaza is a Palestinian region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Egypt on the southwest for 13 kilometres and Israel on the east and north along a 59 kilometre border.
At 360 square kilometres, Gaza is home to a population of more than 1.5 million people, including 1.1 million Palestinian refugees.
That means there are a lot of people in a very small area. For perspective, Adelaide is 1,827 square kilometres and home to 1.2 million people. It accounts for 5.72% of Australia’s total population.
Gaza City, the largest urban centre of the strip, is reportedly the 40th most densely populated area in the world.
How does the size of Gaza compare to major cities around Australia?
Sydney, population: 4.576 million (2010)
Brisbane, population 2.043 million (2010)
Melbourne, population 4.077 million (2010)
Adelaide, population 1.203 million (2010)
Perth, population 1.696 million (2010)
Canberra, population 358,222 (2010)
What about major cities around the world?
London, population 8.308 million (2013)
New York City, population 8.405 million (2013)
Tokyo, population 13.35 million (2014)
Berlin, population 3.502 million (2012)
Los Angeles, population 3.858 million