Governorates of Palestine

The Governorates of the State of Palestine are the administrative divisions of the Palestinian Territories. After the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip were divided into three areas (Area A, Area B, and Area C) and 16 governorates under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian National Authority. Since 2007, there were two governments claiming to be the legitimate government of the Palestinian National Authority, one based in the West Bank and one based in the Gaza Strip.

Governorates of the State of Palestine
محافظات فلسطين (Arabic)
Also known as:
CategoryUnitary state
LocationState of Palestine
Number16 governorates
Populations316,541 (Jericho) – 551,129 (Hebron)
Areas88 km2 (34 sq mi) (Deir al-Balah) – 1,700 km2 (658 sq mi) (Hebron)
GovernmentGovernorate government, National government
SubdivisionsCity, Municipality, Village Council, Refugee Camp, Neighbourhood,


Area (km2)Density
West Bank2,345,1075,671413.53
Gaza Strip1,416,5393603,934.83

West Bank

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Governorate[2]Population[2]Area (km2)[2]
Jenin Governorate256,212583
Tubas Governorate48,771372
Tulkarm Governorate158,213239
Nablus Governorate321,493592
Qalqilya Governorate91,046164
Salfit Governorate59,464191
Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate278,018844
Jericho Governorate41,724608
Jerusalem Governorate
(including Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem with Israeli citizenship)
Bethlehem Governorate176,515644
Hebron Governorate551,1291,060

Gaza Strip

Governorate[2]Population[2]Area (km2)[2]
North Gaza Governorate270,24561
Gaza Governorate496,41070
Deir al-Balah Governorate205,53456
Khan Yunis Governorate270,979108
Rafah Governorate173,37165

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Occupied Palestinian Territory: Administrative units". GeoHive. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
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