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Map showing major Palestinian cities and their governorates. The areas shaded in dark green area are Areas A and B which are under formal PNA or other Palestinian government control

The following is a list of cities administered by the Palestinian National Authority, although depending on which particular area each locality is located. After the 1995 Interim Agreements, the PNA took control of civil affairs in both designated Areas, A and B where ultimately all Palestinian population centers are located (except those with in the municipal borders of East Jerusalem). Israeli Defense Forces are responsible for security in Area B. In the Palestinian territories today there is a lack of local government and a thin line between a local council or a city.

The Local Government Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority, are responsible for granting a town with city or municipality status. However, there is no specific guidelines for a particular locality to achieve the status of Palestinian city. It is mostly judged on the population reaching above 20,000. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics took its first official census in 1997, and has not taken one since, however they have used provisional estimates to determine the current population.[1] The most current estimate was in 2006.

List of cities

There are a total of 16 cities under PNA jurisdiction, six of which have populations above 100,000. The largest city in the Gaza Strip and the entire Palestinian territories is Gaza and the largest in the West Bank is Hebron. Some cities form agglomerations with other towns or cities, such as the Bethlehem metropolitan area with Beit Jala and Beit Sahur. Ramallah and al-Bireh also form an agglomeration and are often considered a single city.

The following is a list of all Palestinian cities, their governorates, their specific jurisdictions and their provisional populations as of 2006 by the PCBS.

Hebron (al-Khalil)
Common Name Arabic Name Governorate Jurisdiction Population (2006)[2]
Bani Suheila بني سهيلا‎ Khan Yunis Area A 32,800
Beit Hanoun بيت حانون North Gaza Area A 32,200
Beit Jala بيت جالا Bethlehem Area A 16,700
Beit Lahiya بيت لاهيا North Gaza Area A 59,500
Beit Sahour بيت ساحورا Bethlehem Area A 15,400
Bethlehem (Beit Lahm) بيت لحم Bethlehem Area A 30,000
al-Bireh البيرة Ramallah and al-Bireh Area A 39,500
Deir al-Balah دير البلح Deir al-Balah Area A 62,200
ad-Dhahiriya الظاهرية Hebron Area A 28,600
Dura دوره Hebron Area A 21,600
Gaza City (Ghazzah) غزة هاشم Gaza Area A 409,700
Halhul حلحولا Hebron Area A 21,800
Hebron (Al-Khalil) الخليل Hebron Area A, Area B, Area C 166,000
Jabalia جباليا North Gaza Area A 82,900
Jenin جنين Jenin Area A 120,000
Jericho (Ariha) أريحا Jericho Area A 29,400
Khan Yunis خان يونس Khan Yunis Area A 179,800
Nablus نابلس Nablus Area A 134,100
Qabatiya قباطية Jenin Area A 25,700
Qalqilya قلقيليه Qalqilya Area A 24,700
Rafah رفح Rafah Area A 71,000
Ramallah رام الله Ramallah and al-Bireh Area A 118,500
Tubas طوباس Tubas Area A 16,100
Tulkarm طولكرم Tulkarm Area A 46,000
Yatta يطّا Hebron Area A 42,900

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The following is a list of cities in Palestinian National Authority administrated areas, although depending on which particular area each locality is located. After the 1995 Interim Agreements, the PNA took control of civil affairs in both designated Areas, A and B where ultimately all Palestinian population centers are located (except those with in the municipal borders of East Jerusalem). Israeli Defense Forces are responsible for security in Area B. In the Palestinian territories today there is a lack of local government and a thin line between a local council or a city.

The Local Government Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority, are responsible for granting a town with city or municipality status. However, there is no specific guidelines for a particular locality to achieve the status of Palestinian city. It is mostly judged on the population reaching above 20,000. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics took its first official census in 1997, and has not taken one since, however they have used provisional estimates to determine the current population.[1] The most current estimate was in 2006.

List of cities

There are a total of 16 cities under PNA jurisdiction, 6 of which have populations above 100,000. The largest city in the Gaza Strip and the entire Palestinian territories is Gaza and the largest in the West Bank is Hebron. Some cities form agglomerations with other towns or cities, such as the Bethlehem metropolitan area with Beit Jala and Beit Sahur. Ramallah and al-Bireh also form an agglomeration and are often considered a single city.

The following is a list of all Palestinian cities, their governorates, their specific jurisdictions and their provisional populations as of 2006 by the PCBS.

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Common Name Arabic Name Governorate Jurisdiction Population (2006)[2]
Bani Suheila بني سهيلا‎ Khan Yunis Area A 32,800
Beit Hanoun بيت حانون North Gaza Area A 32,200
Beit Jala بيت جالا Bethlehem Area A 16,700
Beit Lahiya بيت لاهيا North Gaza Area A 59,500
Beit Sahour بيت ساحورا Bethlehem Area A 15,400
Bethlehem (Beit Lahm) بيت لحم Bethlehem Area A 30,000
al-Bireh البيرة Ramallah and al-Bireh Area A 39,500
Deir al-Balah دير البلح Deir al-Balah Area A 62,200
ad-Dhahiriya الظاهرية Hebron Area A 28,600
Dura دوره Hebron Area A 21,600
Gaza City (Ghazzah) غزة هاشم Gaza Area A 409,700
Halhul حلحولا Hebron Area A 21,800
Hebron (Al-Khalil) الخليل Hebron Area A, Area B, Area C 166,000
Jabalia جباليا North Gaza Area A 82,900
Jenin جنين Jenin Area A 48,000
Jericho (Ariha) أريحا Jericho Area A 20,400
Khan Yunis خان يونس Khan Yunis Area A 179,800
Nablus نابلس Nablus Area A 134,100
Qabatiya قباطية Jenin Area A 19,700
Qalqilya قلقيليه Qalqilya Area A 44,700
Rafah رفح Rafah Area A 71,000
Ramallah رام الله Ramallah and al-Bireh Area A 25,500
Tubas طوباس Tubas Area A 16,100
Tulkarm طولكرم Tulkarm Area A 59,000
Yatta يطّا Hebron Area A 42,900

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References


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