is a city in the southern Gaza Strip. According to the Palestinian
Central Bureau of Statistics, Khan Yunis had a population of 142,637 in 2007.
Although Khan Yunis lies only four kilometers east of the Mediterranean Sea,
its climate is semi-arid with temperature of 30 degrees Celsius maximum in
summer and 10 degrees Celsius maximum in winter, with an annual rainfall of
approximately 260 mm.
The Constituency of Khan Yunis had five members on the Palestinian
Legislative Council. Following the Palestinian legislative election, 2006,
there were three Hamas members, including Yunis al-Astal;