List of cities administered by the Palestinian National Authority
The following is a list of cities administered by the Palestinian National Authority. After the 1995 Interim Agreements, the PNA took control of civil affairs in both designated Areas, A and B, where most Palestinian population centers are located (except those within the municipal borders of East Jerusalem). Israel Defense Forces are responsible for security in Area B in the West Bank and have full control over localities in Area C.
Following the 2007 rift between the main two Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, the PNA has been split with the former dominating the Palestinian government in the West Bank and the latter controlling the Gaza Strip.
Local regulations in the Palestinian Authority
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 latest official census in 2007.
List of cities
The largest city in the Gaza Strip and the entire Palestinian territories is Gaza City 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 Sahour. Ramallah and al-Bireh also form an agglomeration and are often considered a single city.
The following is a list of all Palestinian cities under PNA administration, their governorates, their specific jurisdictions and their populations as of 2007 by the PCBS.
|Common Name||Arabic Name||Governorate||Jurisdiction||Population (2007)|
|Abasan al-Kabira||عبسان الكبيرة||Khan Yunis||Area A||19,000|
|Abu Dis||أبو ديس||Jerusalem||Area B||12,100|
|Bani Na'im||بني نعيم||Hebron||Area A, Area B||20,084|
|Bani Suheila||بني سهيلا||Khan Yunis||Area A||32,767|
|Beit Hanoun||بيت حانون||North Gaza||Area A||32,187|
|Beit Jala||بيت جالا||Bethlehem||Area A||11,758|
|Beit Lahia||بيت لاهيا||North Gaza||Area A||59,540|
|Beit Sahour||بيت ساحور||Bethlehem||Area A||12,367|
|Beit Ummar||بيت اُمّر||Hebron||Area B||13,348|
|Beitunia||بيتونيا||Ramallah and al-Bireh||Area A||49,761|
|Bethlehem (Beit Lahm)||بيت لحم||Bethlehem||Area A||165,266|
|al-Bireh||البيرة||Ramallah and al-Bireh||Area A||179,202|
|Deir al-Balah||دير البلح||Deir al-Balah||Area A||54,439|
|Gaza City (Ghazzah)||غزة هاشم||Gaza||Area A||949,221|
|Hebron (al-Khalil)||الخليل||Hebron||Area A, Area B, Area C||563,146|
|Jabalia||جباليا||North Gaza||Area A||82,900|
|Jericho (Ariha)||أريحا||Jericho||Area A||40,300|
|Khan Yunis||خان يونس||Khan Yunis||Area A||142,637|
|Ramallah||رام الله||Ramallah and al-Bireh||Area A||197,092|
|az-Zawayda||الزوايده||Deir al-Balah||Area A||15,483|
- Hebron (الخليل/חברון): Hebron is a city where few hundred Israelis live among 480,000 Palestinians. The Israelis claim to live primarily in the historic Jewish quarter, that existed before the 1929 Hebron massacre.
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