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Beer-Sheva is a city near the northern edge of the Negev desert, which forms the triangle at the bottom of a map of Israel.

It is the administrative center for the southern region and home of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev[?], Soroka Hospital, and the Beer-Sheva Symphonietta.

The city dates back at least to the time of Abraham. The town center has streets in a grid-like pattern and was built by the Germans when the area was ruled by Turkey. The city has expanded considerably since 1948 and is inhabited mainly by people who originally immigrated to Israel from Arab countries and the former Soviet Union. Many Bedouin live in towns and encampments in the area.

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