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Gaza City, Palestine

31°31'03"N 34°26'33"E
31°31'09"N 34°26'07"E
31°30'53"N 34°27'08"E

Google Earth

May 2021


Satellite images of Israel and Palestine are blurred on platforms like Google Earth. The reason is an obscure regulation that used to forbid American companies from providing precise satellite images of the region due to security concerns expressed by Israel. The regulation was scrapped in 2020, and many commercial providers, like Planet Labs, quickly adjusted their products, while popular free tools, like Google Earth, did not. A comparison between images provided by Planet Labs and images found on Google Earth shows the stark difference in resolution.



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Gaza City, Palestine

31°31'03"N 34°26'33"E
31°31'09"N 34°26'07"E
31°30'53"N 34°27'08"E

Google Earth

May 2021



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Suez Canal, Egypt

30°34'22"N 32°29'31"E

Vessel Finder

March 2021


The Ever Given container ship blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March 2021, after being buffeted by strong winds and getting stuck in the canal banks. At one point, more than 350 ships were queuing on both sides of the Suez Canal, one of busiest trade routes in the world. The obstruction held almost $10 billion of goods from passing through each day—$400 million each hour.

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Suez Canal, Egypt

30°34'22"N 32°29'31"E

Sentinel Hub

March 2021