Interior Minister of the Palestinian National Authority

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The Interior Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority is the branch of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) cabinet in charge of the security and statistics of the Palestinian people. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) is a sub-branch of the Interior Ministry that has the responsibility for the population and economic statistics of the Palestinian territories. The Preventive Security Service (PSS) is the primary security branch of the Interior Ministry. The PSS has a force of 30,000.

In 2006, the Israeli Defense Forces struck the office building of the Interior Ministry multiple times as a part of a bombing campaign in Gaza. The attacks were in response the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier.[1]

In June 2007, the office in Gaza was taken by Said Seyam as part of the Hamas government of June 2007. Fathi Hamad took office in January 2009, following assassination of Said Seyam during the Gaza War. In September 2012, following government reshuffle by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyye, Fathi Hamad remained in position.

Interior Ministers[edit]

# Name Party Time in Office
1 Hakam Balawi Fatah November 2003 - February 2005
2 Nasser Yousef Fatah February 2005 - March 2006
3 Said Seyam Hamas March 2006 - March 2007
4 Talab al-Qawasmi Independent March 2007 - June 2007
5 Abdel Razak Yehiyeh Independent June 2007 - 19 May 2009
6 Fathi Hamad (Part of Prime Minister Ismail Haniya's cabinet which has de facto control over the Gaza Strip) Hamas June 2007 - Present
7 Said Abu-Ali Independent 19 May 2009 - Present

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