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Travel Warning WARNING: The Gaza strip is an extremely unstable area, and was an active war zone until the latest ceasefire between Hamas and Israel in May 2021. While there is currently a period of inactivity, the situation can, and will very likely change. You should avoid entering the Gaza Strip unless you absolutely must, and even then this is at your own risk.
Travel Warning WARNING: Western governments have issued a severe and strict travel warning against entering the Gaza Strip, due to the recent military conflict. Beware that the Palestinian factions (including both Hamas and Fatah), as well as the Israeli military are well armed and very dangerous. They are very willing to shoot first, and ask questions later. Be very, very careful if you must enter Gaza. Ignore this advice at your own peril! See below for current travel advice:
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Quick Facts
Government Hamas
Currency shekel (ILS)
Area 360 sq km
Population 1,815,279 (2014 est.)
Language Arabic , English (widely understood)
Religion Muslim (predominantly Sunni) 95%, Christian (Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical) 5%
Electricity 230V/50Hz (Israeli plug)
Country code +970
Internet TLD .ps
Time Zone UTC+2

The Gaza Strip (Arabic غزة, Ghazzah, Hebrew עזה 'Azza) is a Palestinian territory in the Middle East. The largest city is Gaza.


Positioned between Israel and Egypt, Gaza has a reasonably modern infrastructure and architecture despite its troubles, but a UN report as early as 1952 stated that the Strip was too small to support its population of 300,000, and now there are well over 1.7 million inhabitants.


The earliest known reference to Gaza is an inscription in the Temple of Amun at Karnak, Egypt, dated 1500 BC, which states that the town of Gaza is 'flourishing'. And for a long time it did: a staging post on trade routes connecting Asia and Persia with Arabia, Egypt and Africa, even the name means "treasure" in Arabic. Abraham, the father of the Hebrew and Arab people according to the Tradition, traveled to Gerar, city in Gaza, in approximately 1760 BCE, according to Genesis 20:1. Alexander the Great laid siege to the town in 332 BC, executing 10,000 defenders after being held off for two months. Later, the town was held by the Romans, the Crusaders, the Mamluks, the Ottomans and briefly even by the French in 1799, when Napoleon Bonaparte set up camp on his way to defeat in Egypt. The Turks took it back, then lost it to the British in World War I. The Egyptian army grabbed it during the 1948 war that led to Israel's independence, opening camps for Palestinian refugees - and the current situation began when Israel occupied the Strip in 1967.

Spurred by the violence of the 1987-1993 Intifada ("Uprising"), Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed a "Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements" in 1993, under which the Palestinian Authority (PA) was created to govern the Gaza Strip and the West Bank for a transitional period "not exceeding five years" as a step towards full independence. Parts of the territories were indeed handed over the PA between 1994 and 1999, but the peace plans were derailed by the second intifada that broke out in September 2000, unleashing another spiral of violence.

Israel unilaterally disengaged from Gaza in 2005, evacuating all Jewish residents and withdrawing its troops from the territory. It did however retain control of the airspace and the coastline in addition to the fact the entire region is circled by a large armed security fence. The Islamist organization Hamas won elections in 2006 and violently kicked out the remnants of the Palestinian Authority in 2007. Under Hamas rule, the rain of Qassam rocket fire, as well as mortars, from Gaza into southern Israel increased, and Israel responded by locking down the borders down tighter than ever and conducting raids against Arab militants. From December 2008 to January 2009, Israel launched a massive coordinated air, naval, and land offensive in response to rocket attacks.


Gaza Strip

The Gaza Strip is a narrow, 40-km long slice of land between the Mediterranean to the west and the Negev desert to the east. Egypt lies to the south, the north and east border Israel. The urban sprawl of Gaza City, mostly stretching along and around the 3-km long Omar al-Mukhtar Street, covers much of the north. The other main towns of Khan Yunis and Rafah are near the southern border, with most of the rest covered with agricultural land.

A bit of terminology disentanglement: Gaza Strip refers to the entire 40-by-6 kilometer patch of territory. Gaza City refers to the town itself, in the northern part of the strip, but due to huge population growth the City now sprawls into many of the surrounding villages and it's a tough task to say what is a part of the City and what isn't. Both city and strip are pretty much interchangeably referred to as Gaza and this guide will follow suit.


Gaza has a temperate climate with mild winters and dry, hot summers in which drought is common.


Flat to rolling, sand and dune covered coastal plain. Cultivated land.

Highest point: Abu 'Awdah (Joz Abu 'Auda) 105 m

Get in[edit]

Getting into Gaza is difficult at best, and can be impossible at times. Most would-be visitors from countries with diplomatic relations with Israel are required to apply in advance for Israeli permission to enter the Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing. The permission application is usually submitted through local Israel embassies and, in theory takes between 5-10 days. In practice, it can take months.

Another point of entry to Gaza is from Egypt through the Rafah crossing. To enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing, visitors must obtain a permit from the Egyptian government. The crossing was reopened for traffic on June 1, 2010 though some restrictions still apply. Egyptian authorities control their side of the crossing with Hamas police operating the other side. However, Palestinians are permitted to cross into Egypt visa-free (except for Palestinian men between the ages of 18 and 40). As of 2015, the Rafah crossing is only open about 3 days every few months, meaning that this is not a good option for foreigners.

Those entering the Gaza strip must enter and exit via the same crossing i.e. someone entering via the Erez crossing must also exit via Erez, and only Erez, whilst someone entering via the Rafah crossing must also exit via Rafah, and only Rafah. There are no exceptions to this rule, which is why is strongly advisable that all foreigners enter via the Erez crossing where possible, and only use the Rafah crossing if they absolutely have to.

By plane[edit]

Gaza has no functioning airport, as the former Yasser Arafat International Airport (IATA: GZA) has been shut down since 2000. The airport was badly damaged by multiple bombings - the most recent in 2009 - and is unlikely to reopen in the foreseeable future. The Israeli Air Force monitors Gazan airspace with radar, and regularly sends patrols of drone aircraft and fighter jets over Gaza. A surveillance balloon is also tethered at the Erez Crossing. For the time being, the closest airports is El Arish International Airport in Egypt, or Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

By land[edit]

The main point of entry is the Rafah Crossing in the South, on the border with Egypt. Egyptian authorities have built a wall on it, and the only way in is through a road called the Philadelphi Route. The route is controlled by Hamas, and the point of entry and exit is controlled by Egyptian Police. On arriving at Rafah, show your passport, the Egyptian permission letter and the Gazan-based organisation invitation letter to the guard at the gate. You will have to wait for between 10 minutes and 1 hour while they authenticate your documents. On completion, they will invite you to enter the crossing through the gates.

The second point of entry is through the Erez crossing in the north, on the border with Israel. You will need a permit from the Israeli Army, or a GPO (press) card. If you have a permit, you need coordination with the Israeli Army, specifying when you are planning to enter and leave Gaza. Journalists with a Government Press Office (GPO) card can come and go as they please. Only vehicles with prior coordination (such as a handful of UN cars) are allowed to drive in and only after a thorough search, which may take months. It's very helpful to travel with someone that's run the gauntlet before the first time via Erez.

At Erez, you have to approach the Israeli soldier in a pillbox. They may ask you to open your bags on the table, and (as at TLV) ask if you have weapons. They will check your passports and permits for allowed entry. You then wait outside an electronic gate for your turn to be called through. You then enter the terminal, hand your passport and coordination over to another soldier to receive an Israeli exit stamp. They may or may not ask you more questions -- usually things like "first time in Gaza", etc.

If everything is satisfactory, take back your documents and follow the signs directing you to Gaza. After exiting the terminal, you end up in a long barren concrete tunnel. Don't bring anything too bulky as you'll have to go through a turnstile gate. Coming through the tunnel, you cross a no-man's-land. This is at least 1000m long, and has lovely views of desolate, and presumably mined, land. Palestinians* are allowed in this area so you may be lucky and find a porter, trolley, wheelchair, or similar. Take it. If you take the tuk-tuk, keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times and enjoy the ride. After the gated tunnel you will emerge near a small hut. This is a checkpoint which can be ignored on the way to Gaza (but ignored at your peril on the way back). Since 2012, the only people here will be a few taxi drivers.

Take a taxi to the Hamas checkpoint, another 800m down the road. The going rate is ₪3 per person. You will be searched for unlawful items (make sure you are, it's the hut to the right. Also visit the hut to the left to check your Hamas credentials -- new since October 2011). Prohibited goods include alcohol, banned by the Hamas government. If you fail inspection, then at best, your items will be confiscated. Once you are through, you can take another taxi, or more likely be picked up by your local contact.

By boat[edit]

The port of Gaza is non-operational, and Gazan waters, seaports, and the coastline are patrolled by the Israeli Navy. If you attempt to reach the Gaza shoreline by boat, you will be stopped by Israeli naval vessels, and turned back by military force. Only boats with prior permission are allowed in. All boats coming from Gaza are only allowed to venture 2-3 nautical miles into the sea in order to enforce the Israeli naval blockade.

Get out[edit]

Exiting Gaza via the Erez crossing to Israel[edit]

After being deposited at the Hamas checkpoint near Checkpoint Hamsa-Hamsa (or five-five in English), go to the white caravan to your right to get your exit clearance. Once through, take the taxi (₪3/person) to the forward checkpoint (where the wire fence begins). Then, go to the hut on the right. A man will take your passport and call ahead to tell the Israelis you're coming. Ignore this at your own peril.

Once you get your passport back, take the tuk-tuk if possible, or begin the 1km+ walk to Israel. When you reach the end of the tunnel, you'll see several doors. Once a handful of people have gathered, one of the doors will open (indicated by a green light on top of the door). You will then enter a hall with a table at the centre. Open your bags at the table (there are no obvious signs to do this, but look up and there's a camera. They are checking for obvious things like large bombs). When they've ensured you have no prohibited items in your bags, go through the turnstile when the light flashes green. You will not receive a verbal "OK", but rest assured you will be told if you're not ok.

You will see toilet facilities to your right. Use them. Follow the arrows to Israel. You will then encounter another hall with eight doorways. Wait until one of the lights go green then enter that doorway. Leave your bags with the porter at a large security scanner. You should remove all electronics not just laptops, but things like disk drives, mobile phones, etc) and place them in the large trays. Remove your belt, watch, etc too.

Keep your passport and ID on you and enter a series of gates as the lights flash green. When you come to the body scanner (a MMW scanner), put your feet on the markers and place your hands over your head in an "I surrender" pose. Keep your passport in your hands. If you've passed initial screening, you will be allowed out to a hall where it appears as if your bags will emerge on a conveyor belt. There may even be empty trays circling it.

Walk straight through to the departures hall, as your bag will be selected for a hand search. On your left in a row where trays with bags will gather, and you can see the guards searching your bags. Wait patiently. If you haven't passed initial screening, you'll be directed through further scanning. There is a separate section that will reveal itself to you if the guards in the gallery above find the need for a strip search. Once you collect your belongings, you will finally pass through Israeli entry, and get a new stamp in your passport. Exit from Gaza could take from 30 minutes to several hours. The checkpoint closes at 14:00, or even earlier. If you are stuck between Hamas and Israel phone your embassy for assistance.

Get around[edit]

There are numerous service (ser-VEESS) taxis in Gaza and several privately owned bus services. Navigation is done by landmark, not street address. Stand on the side of the road that is in the desired direction of travel. When a driver stops indicate the destination landmark e.g., "Shifa" and the number of passengers ("wahid" for one, "it-nayn" for two.) If the driver is not headed that way, he may drive on. Travel up and down Omar al-Mukhtar St. will set you back ₪1; trips elsewhere are negotiable. Near al-Shifa hospital is a line of taxis that travel to destinations beyond Gaza city. The drivers yell out their destination and wait until their vehicle is pretty much full before they leave. It is advisable to watch your step if walking, since traffic is chaotic and sidewalks are largely non-existent. Gaza "city" side walks are everywhere, its not preferred to take a public taxi, if you call a taxi office they will send you one alone, it's much safer.


The standard language is Arabic. English is widely understood and spoken, it’s better to not speak Hebrew so they don’t think you are an Israeli intruder.

See[edit][add listing]

Gaza has several historical attractions and landmarks. The following are all in Gaza City:

  • Qasr al-Basha (also known as Radwan Castle and Napoleon's Fort) was formerly a large palace, and now a popular museum, situated in the Old City of Gaza. It served as a seat of power in the Mamluk and Ottoman periods and as a police station under the British Mandate. The museum's Department of Antiquities exhibits numerous notable items from their collections, including Roman, Persian, Hellenistic, Phoenician, Ancient Egyptian, and Neolithic artifacts.
  • The Great Mosque (Jamaa al-Kabir) Gaza Great Mosque is one of the most interesting ones in the Palestinian territories, and the oldest monument in the city. It was initially an early gothic church built in the XIIth Century by the Knights Templar who then held Gaza. It was enlarged as a mosque, with a minaret added, under the Mamluks in the XIVth Century. The mosque much suffered from shelling by the British army in 1917 (the minaret was destroyed, with large parts of the gothic crusader structures) and was restored under the British Mandate.
  • The Church of Saint Porphyrius is an Orthodox Christian church of Gaza, and the oldest active church in the city. Located in the Zaytun Quarter of the Old City, it is named after the 5th century bishop of Gaza, Saint Porphyrius, whose tomb is situated in the northeastern corner of the church. The church itself was probably built in the XIIth Century, when Gaza was a Christian city guarded by the Knights Templar.
  • The Funduk Al-Mathaf (Museum Hotel) is another museum in Gaza, located inside a seafront hotel, which holds over 350 antiquities discovered in the Gaza Strip from various historical periods. It contains a restaurant, hotel, and conference center.
  • Hamam one of the active saunas in Gaza. Different hours for men and women, excellent service and a proper scrub down. Between Palestine Square and the Saladin Road.
  • The Gold Market (Qissariya Market) is a historical passageway located in the old quarter of Gaza; it is both a center for trading and buying gold, and location for foreign exchange.
  • The Gaza Baptist Church is a modern Baptist church in Gaza. The church is the only Evangelical church in Gaza. The church opened Gaza's first public Christian library in 2006.
  • More educational might be a UNRWA-arranged visit to one of the refugee camps that dot the strip. The UNRWA office is on al-Azhar St, near the Islamic University, call ahead to see if they can arrange a little tour. Your most probable destination is the optimistically named Beach Camp, a warren of concrete huts and open sewers housing 63,000 people, built next to a sandy beach - and you can walk there on your own, 15 minutes to the north from the intersection of Omar al-Mukhtar St. with the seafront road. UNRWA wisely recommends avoiding military clothing. The Jabaliya refugee camp is also a nearby option.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Sharm Park 20 minutes from Gaza City
  • Master Movies has the most modern movies
  • Mega Store has blockbuster American movies and the latest video games

Buy[edit][add listing]

Gazans use the Israeli shekel (₪) Please note the policemen at the Hamas checkpoint into Gaza are now opening all bags and disposing of alcohol (since early 2009). Do not bring alcohol into Gaza, it could land you into trouble.

  • Gaza Mall, [1]. The Gaza Mall is comparable to most Western-style malls only in structure and comfort, but not even remotely in size. You will usually find it packed to the brim with residents of Rimal in the summer escaping the midday heat and may quickly find you want to escape elsewhere.  edit
  • Interesting sculptures / lampshades fashioned from old cigarette cartons.
  • Foustouk and simsimiya. The former is a sticky peanuty snack. The latter is its sesame cousin.
  • The Gold Market (Qissariya Market) is a historical passageway located in the old quarter of Gaza; it is both a center for trading and buying gold, and location for foreign exchange. There are many gold and jewelry shops in the Gold Market, in addition to foreign exchange shops.
  • you can visit "al foorosiya al faisal" horse back riding and tennis
  • "French cultural centre"

Eat[edit][add listing]

Popular Arab fast food like falafel and kebabs are available everywhere in Gaza. Head to the posh suburb of Rimal for fancier food; the restaurant in the Windmill Hotel is nice. Also keep in mind that if you wish to bring in any food products, you should first check which products are allowed in Gaza under local custom laws. If you are caught with prohibited food, it might lead to trouble with the authorities. Finally, it is not unheard of to be invited over for dinner.

  • Delice Café, Sheikh Izz ed-Din-el-Qassam St Rimal (in the heart of Gaza City), +972 2888467 / 2882518 (, fax: +972 0599466665), [2]. Delice is one of the most famous pastries and restaurants in Gaza Strip. The restaurant offers appetizers, a main course and desserts. The cuisine served ranges from Mediterranean to Chinese. The restaurant also notably serves several popular types of coffee, sweet pastry and international sweet dishes and desserts such as cakes, cupcakes and muffins.  edit
  • Aldeira Restaurant. On the seaside terrace, this restaurant serves lovely mezes (small Mediterranean-style dishes), including the Gazan speciality Daqqa (a sometimes very spicy chili salad, very nice). They also have delicious main courses: such as shrimps in tomato sauce, baked in the oven, and served in a clay pot. In addition, the restaurant is popular for serving fresh strawberry juice enhanced with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.  edit
  • Al Salam Restaurant, El Mina Square Gaza Beach (in Gaza Beach), +972 082833188 (, fax: +972 0599466665), [3]. A well-known seafood restaurant in the Gaza Strip. The restaurant also serves a wide range of non-seafood meals such as chicken sandwiches and local Palestinian cuisine.  edit
  • Roots Club, Cairo St, Remal (in the heart of Gaza City), +972 8 2888666 (, fax: +972 8 2888999), [4]. Fine dining. Offers both high end Arabian/Mediterranean cuisine and cheaper fast food at the Big Bite annex. The restaurant frequently caters for special events, including foreign dignitaries and heads of non-governmental organizations.  edit
  • Arafat Sweets, Al-Wehda Street, North Remal, (), [5]. One of Gaza's most well-known sweet shops, sells common Arab sweet products.  edit
  • Seafood Restaurant, (Just north of al-Deira hotel). Popular seafood restaurant.  edit
  • Al Mat'haf Resort, (Soudnya beach), 0097082858444, [6]. On a small hill overlooking the sea in Gaza stands “Al-Mathaf” (arabic for “The Museum”, pronounced Al-Mat-Haf), a one-of-a-kind recreation and cultural center that showcases Gaza’s rich historical past and seamlessly blends it into the context of life in modern Gaza. As it’s name suggests, Al-Mathaf is home to Gaza’s finest archaeological museum, which is filled with beautiful artifacts that celebrate Gaza’s rich cultural heritage. Along-side these historical treasures of ancient civilizations, today’s Gazans gathers at Al-Mathaf’s beautiful Restaurant-Café, a center of modern culture and recreation in Gaza. In a time when many in Gaza have forgotten our heritage, Al-Mathaf aims to preserve the regions rich history, provide a venue for modern cultural dialogue, and carry a message for this generation to build a brighter future.  edit
  • Matouk, (Behind the legislative council building). Serves an excellent chicken tawwouk.  edit
  • Pizza Inn, (City centre). A popular pizza eatery which serves pizza, pasta and other Italian food.  edit
  • Loveboat Restaurant, (Gaza Beach). A sea-front restaurant which serves all types of food, including local seafood.  edit
  • al andalusiya mall isn't that bad you will find a super market and two floors of clothing
  • if you to Gaza, you must try eating kunafa but from "abo el sood" ask anyone they will give you the directions, beside it is a souvenir shop.
  • mazaj, nasser st. visit every day with our freshly baked croissant and a special cup of your favorite coffee drink. Pick up a selection of French pastries, treat your loved ones to the best birthday cake they’ve ever had , or grab a tub of Italian gelato, to fresh up a hot summer afternoon. All these sweets and much more in our Express shops, we look forward to seeing you soon! Special orders, please call the nearest branch.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Due to the current Hamas rule over Gaza, alcohol is no longer available, and is now illegal to possess in Gaza. The last place for a visitor to drink was the UN Club. If you are caught with booze by Hamas authorities, it will be confiscated if you're lucky, at the very worst you might face the death penalty or summary execution. Do not even consider smuggling alcohol into Gaza, if you're dependent on it then do not travel to Gaza under any circumstances, period.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are many hotels in Gaza. It is also possible to stay with locals who might even invite you over for a night.

  • ArchMed Hotel (Movenpick), [7]. One of the best hotels in Gaza city.  edit
  • Aldeira Hotel, Al Rasheed Street, +972 8 283 8100 (, fax: +972 8 283 8400), [8]. The height of Gazan luxury. Featuring massive rooms with a view of the sea, a pleasant (though by Gaza's standards not superb) restaurant (with Shisha pipes, although not allowed in the fine Oriental bedrooms) this is as good it gets. The minibar is non-alcoholic. Aldeira will supply a hairdryer, towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner, and a little plate of cookies. Don't be alarmed that the water tastes salty. The Deira has a back-up generator in the event of power outages, a business center and WiFi. Breakfast is complimentary. Most international journalists and NGOs stay at the Deira. $125-185USD/night.  edit
  • Commodore Hotel. Has a sauna, jacuzzi, massage, multiple restaurants, 24-hour room service, a swimming pool, and reportedly Kosher food.  edit
  • Grand Palace Hotel, Al Rasheed Street, +970 8 2849498 (, fax: +970 8 2849497), [9]. One of the best hotels in Gaza city. Built to exceed customers expectation as it is located at the beach side of Gaza city with the direct beach view, the hotel welcomes its guests. The distance between the hotel and the city center is approximately 3 km in a quiet peaceful area, where the reach to the city center is easy, while nothing is better than a 5 minute walk to the Mediterranean. Grand Palace Hotel Offers accomodation, conference, food and beverage facilities.  edit
  • Marna House. Gaza's oldest hotel, run by a friendly family.  edit
  • Al Mat'haf Hotel, [email protected] (Soudunya beach), 0097082858444, [10]. As a second phase, Al-Mathaf is just completed the construction of a boutique hotel, which will feature traditionally designed rooms with a sea view, as well as multi-purpose halls and facilities to provide business services, as well as health, fitness, and spa facilitie  edit


Realistically, if you are not either an aid worker, journalist or diplomat, there is no work for you in Gaza. There are a number of NGOs offering internships, however, such as the Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights in Gaza, the Palestinian Center For Human Rights and others.

Stay safe[edit]

Travel Warning WARNING: WARNING: The Islamist group Hamas is classified by the US State Department as a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). It is a violation of United States federal law for United States citizens to provide "material support or resources" to the Hamas organization.
Travel Warning WARNING: WARNING: Gaza remains a conservative area, and public displays of affection are forbidden.
Travel Warning WARNING: WARNING: Homosexuality is illegal for men in Gaza and punishable by up to 10 years in prison. While not explicitly illegal, homosexuality amongst women is not well tolerated either.
Travel Warning WARNING: Be very careful in Gaza: stay away from demonstrations, and make sure that you stay off the streets at night. You can expect that clashes will happen at any time, which is bad enough, however most of those clashes happen at night. Make sure that you avoid areas near the border where airstrikes and gunfire are not uncommon occurrences, and can occur at any time, and do not enter the buffer zone (as defined by 1km from the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip) under any circumstances, except for the purposes of entering and exiting the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing. Israeli forces heavily guard the border, and you will most likely be summarily executed, as a suspected intruder, if you are spotted approaching. Make sure that you avoid police stations and government buildings, as these are subject to Israeli attacks during military operations, which you can expect to happen at any time. Journalists and other foreign nationals have been kidnapped by various local groups. The best way to avoid all of these issues is to simply avoid travelling to the Gaza Strip until further notice.

The Gaza Strip was recently subject to Israeli military operations (which have previously included aerial and naval bombardment as well as ground incursions), as well as armed confrontations between the Hamas authorities and Fatah factions. Whilst the situation has now calmed down, it could very easily flare up again, without warning. Think twice about whether you really must travel to Gaza. While Hamas has managed to curb crime levels in Gaza, some members have been known to beat journalists attempting to cover demonstrations against Hamas. In general, use common sense and avoid these kinds of situations. Consult your embassy for advice and the current conditions before setting out. Unlike the West Bank travel documentation does not need to be kept at hand at all times.

It's also worth bearing in mind that Gaza's power station and its substation have been severely damaged by Israeli airstrikes and no longer function at the intended capacity. Power outages are very common since the European Commission handed over control of the fuel obtainment to the Palestinian Authority in 2009 as Hamas has so far failed to pay 20% of the fuel costs. Currently, these outages are countered by large industrial and small commercial diesel generators which combine to create a cacophony that the locals have somehow become desensitised to. Some of these generators are poorly maintained and leak carbon monoxide. Visitors should be wary of this, particularly in enclosed spaces where it has proven fatal.

See also War zone safety.

Much of the underground water aquifer in the Gaza Strip has been contaminated by waste and sea water leaking into the water system. As such, tap water is generally not safe to drink. Travelers are advised to purchase bottled water whenever possible.


Women should dress modestly, especially if entering refugee camps. Men and women are obliged to dress appropriately at religious sites such as mosques and churches. Respect local customs and behave appropriately in front of authority figures in Gaza.


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