The two millionth person has been born in Gaza, with the birth of a baby boy named Waleed officially recognized as reaching the milestone in the densely populated Palestinian territory.
“There are now more than two million residents in the Gaza Strip after the baby Waleed Shaath was born last night in Rafah in southern Gaza,” Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad Bezm told AFP on Wednesday.
The ministry said the population of the Gaza Strip was now 50.66 percent male and 49.34 percent female.
The 2,000,001st person, a girl named Lana Ayad, was born shortly afterwards.
Gaza, a tiny enclave squeezed between Egypt, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea and just 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) across at its widest point, has one of the highest population densities in the world, according to the United Nations.
The territory could be “unliveable” by 2020, the UN said last year, due in large part to “high population density and overcrowding.”