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The Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, is a regional council in the north-western Negev, in Israel's Southern District. The Regional Council's territory lies midway between Beersheba and Ashkelon, bounded on the west by the Gaza Strip. The eastern border abuts Bnei Shimon. The city of Sderot forms an enclave within Sha'ar HaNegev. The region's population is over 6,000, and covers an area of over 45,000 acres. The average elevation is approximately 180 m above sea level. The geographic center of the region is around 31°29′00″N 34°36′00″E / 31.48333°N 34.60000°E. (via Freebase)