in the isolated coastal strip survive
1.7 million people in an area of 360 square kilometres.
The Palestinian civilians – especially children and the sick – are suffering under Hamas as well as under the Israeli blockade. On the West Bank, Palestinian residential areas are surrounded by Jewish settlements and restricted military zones. Although the UN General Assembly designated Palestine as an "observer state" in November 2012, the parties in this conflict are still a long way away from a "two-state solution".