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This webpage focuses on water, waste, mining, and climate change in the Gaza Strip.  The Gaza Strip is located in the Middle East, and shares borders with Israel, Egypt, and the Mediterranean Sea. The Gaza Strip is recognized by the U.N. as part of the State of Palestine, as it is currently governed by Hamas, a Palestinian faction.

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A map detailing where the Gaza Strip is located, 2008

The Gaza Strip became a self-governing entity in 1949 and has been occupied by multiple countries including Great Britain, Egypt, and Israel during its relatively short history.  These occupations have subjected Gaza to years of violence, and political unrest, which culminated in 2006-2007 when Hamas began to take over the Strip[1. Black , Ian, and Mark Tran. “Hamas takes control of Gaza.”theguardian.com. 15 06 2007: n. page. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/15/israel4>.].

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Hamas militants topple their Fatah rivals, Associated Press, 2007

In the midst of this political turmoil, environmental conditions are easily made into second-rate issues, or forgotten about completely.  The purpose of this website is to bring to light the economic issues in the Gaza Strip, specifically the ones pertaining to water, waste, mining, and climate change.  These issues are still very important, especially to the citizens of Gaza who are forced to live with the consequences of an environmentally irresponsible government.

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Palestinian children wait for the return of Fatah supporters, Kahled Omar / Xinhua / Zumapress, 2012