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Maghazi (camp)

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Maghazi Camp
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabicمخيم المغازي
Maghazi Camp is located in the Palestinian territories
Maghazi Camp
Maghazi Camp
Location of Maghazi Camp within Palestine
Coordinates: 31°25′16.89″N 34°23′07.35″E / 31.4213583°N 34.3853750°E / 31.4213583; 34.3853750Coordinates: 31°25′16.89″N 34°23′07.35″E / 31.4213583°N 34.3853750°E / 31.4213583; 34.3853750
StateState of Palestine
GovernorateDeir al-Balah
 • TypeRefugee Camp
 • Total559 dunams (0.559 km2 or 0.216 sq mi)
 • Total22,536
 • Density40,000/km2 (100,000/sq mi)

Maghazi (Arabic: مخيم المغازي‎) is located in the Deir al-Balah Governorate in the central Gaza Strip. It is a Palestinian refugee camp that was established in 1949. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the Refugee Camp had a population of 24,284 in mid-year 2006.[1] The refugee camp is built on 559 dunums (0.6 km²).

On the evening of Monday January 6, 2003, the IDF raided the camp and killed three Palestinians and wounded dozens claiming they were targeting militants hiding there.[2]


Before the Gaza Strip's closure to Israel in 2000 following the Al-Aqsa Intifada, most residents had taken a number of various jobs in Israel or worked as farmers at local tells and pastures. There is a weekly souk, or open-air market, on Sunday in which residents buy or sell goods from their workshops, bakeries, cafes, diners and grocery lots.


Maghazi has three elementary schools and 2 junior high schools run by the UNRWA. 6,407 pupils had enrolled at these schools in the 2004-2005 year. In 1998, the UNRWA provided integrated educational services to 1,264 children with disabilities. There are a number of youth activities that involve in athletics, social and cultural programs.


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