List of cities administered by the State of Palestine

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Map of Area A, Palestinian localities in Area B and Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem (who are under full Israel control).

The following is a list of cities administered by the State of Palestine. After the 1995 Interim Agreements, the Palestinian National Authority (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[edit]

The Local Government Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority is 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 (PCBS) took its latest official census in 2007.[1]

List of cities[edit]

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 Ramallah-administration, their governorates, their specific jurisdictions and their populations according to the 2007 census and the 2015 estimate by the PCBS.

  Cities in the West Bank
  Cities in the Gaza Strip
Hebron (al-Khalil)
Common Name Arabic Name Governorate Jurisdiction Population (2007 census)[2] Population (2015 estimate)[3]
Abasan al-Kabira عبسان الكبيرة Khan Yunis Area A 18,413 23,198
Abu Dis أبو ديس Jerusalem Area B 10,782 12,385
Bani Na'im بني نعيم Hebron Area A, Area B 20,084 25,698
Bani Suheila بني سهيلا Khan Yunis Area A 31,703 39,941
Beit Hanoun بيت حانون North Gaza Area A 38,047 51,073
Beit Jala بيت جالا Bethlehem Area A 11,758 14,419
Beit Lahia بيت لاهيا North Gaza Area A 64,457 86,526
Beit Sahour بيت ساحور Bethlehem Area A 12,367 15,165
Beit Ummar بيت اُمّر Hebron Area B 13,548 17,335
Beitunia بيتونيا Ramallah and al-Bireh Area A 19,761 24,592
Bethlehem (Beit Lahm) بيت لحم Bethlehem Area A 25,266 30,983
al-Bireh البيرة Ramallah and al-Bireh Area A 38,202 47,540
Deir al-Balah دير البلح Deir al-Balah Area A 54,439 70,045
ad-Dhahiriya الظاهرية Hebron Area A 28,776 36,820
Dura دوره Hebron Area A 28,268 36,170
Gaza City (Ghazzah) غزة هاشم Gaza Area A 449,221 566,331
Halhul حلحول Hebron Area A 22,128 28,313
Hebron (al-Khalil) الخليل Hebron Area A, Area B, Area C 163,146 208,750
Idhna إذنا Hebron Area B 19,012 24,326
Jabalia جباليا North Gaza Area A 122,998 165,110
Jenin جنين Jenin Area A 39,004 47,305
Jericho (Ariha) أريحا Jericho Area A 18,346 22,609
Khan Yunis خان يونس Khan Yunis Area A 142,637 179,701
Nablus نابلس Nablus Area A 126,132 149,772
Qabatiya قباطية Jenin Area A 19,197 23,282
Qalqilya قلقيليه Qalqilya Area A 41,739 50,700
Rafah رفح Rafah Area A 121,774 158,414
Ramallah رام الله Ramallah and al-Bireh Area A 27,460 34,173
Sa'ir سعير Hebron Area B 18,045 23,089
as-Samu السموع Hebron Area A 19,649 25,141
Tubas طوباس Jenin Area A 16,154 20,801
Tulkarm طولكرم Tulkarm Area A 51,300 59,114
Ya'bad يعبد Jenin Area A 13,640 16,543
al-Yamun اليامون Jenin Area A 16,383 19,870
Yatta يطّا Hebron Area A 48,672 62,277
az-Zawayda الزوايده Deir al-Balah Area A 16,939 21,795

Mixed cities[edit]

  • Hebron (الخليل/חברון): Hebron is a city where few hundred Israelis live among around 210,000 Palestinians. The Israelis claim to live primarily in the historic Jewish quarter, that existed before the 1929 Hebron massacre.[4]

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