Palestinian National Security Forces

Palestinian National Security Forces

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The Palestinian National Security Forces, also referred to as the presidential guard () are the paramilitary forces of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). Since the signing of the Oslo Accords, these forces operate in select areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian National Security Forces engages in various activities which includes among others, maintaining the security and protection of the Palestinian President and Palestinian Leadership.

The Director General of the Palestinian National Security Forces is Major General Nasser Yousef. The total strength of these forces is estimated at 29,000, broken down as follows:

  • Public Security Force - 14,000 (6,000 in Gaza; 8,000 in the West Bank)
  • Paletinian Civil Police Force - 10,000 (4,000 in Gaza; 6,000 in the West Bank)
  • Preventive Security Force - 3,000 (1,200 in Gaza; 1,800 in the West Bank)
  • General Intelligence Force - 3,000
  • Military Intelligence Force - 500
  • Presidential Security Force - 500

There are also small forces belonging to Coastal Police, Civil Defence, Air Force, Customs and Excise Police Force and the University Security Service.

The Palestinian Security Force is financed by the United States which, according to media estimates, pays an annual 3 million dollars for it.


As part of the Oslo Accords, the PNA was authorized to recruit and train a police force with paramilitary capabilities, but was not...
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