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Auja

Al-Auja, Jericho

al-Auja (العوجا) is a Palestinian town in the Jericho Governorate in the eastern West Bank, located ten kilometers north of Jericho. The town has a total area of 107,905 dunams, however its built-up area comprises only 832 dunams. After Israel' occupation of the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War, 30,147 dunams of al-Auja's land was classified as "closed-off area" barred from Palestinian use. It is situated 230 meters below sea level.

Agricultural land makes up over 10% of the town's jurisdiction, mostly planted with bananas, oranges, and vegetables for which al-Auja is well-known. Irrigation water is mainly supplied from the al-Auja spring.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, al-Auja had a population of over 4,000 inhabitants in mid-year 2006. In 1997, refugees constituted 24.7% of the population. Located in "Area A", complete control over al-Auja was transferred to the Palestinian National Authority in a 1994 deal which also included Jericho and Gaza.

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