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Palestinian Terror Groups:
Military Strength of Palestinian Factions

(Updated May 2007)


Terror Groups: Table of Contents | Hamas | Palestine Islamic Jihad


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Palestinian Authority (Pre-Hamas Takeover of Gaza)

Group
Base of Operations
Approximate Fighters
Public Security (controlled by Fatah) *
Gaza & West Bank
15,000
Preventive Security (controlled by Fatah) *
Gaza & West Bank
4,000
Civil Police (controlled by Fatah) *
Gaza & West Bank
11,000
General Intelligence (controlled by Fatah)*
Gaza & West Bank
5,000
Presidential Security (controlled by Fatah)*
Gaza & West Bank
5,000

Military Intelligence, Navy Police, Force 17 (controlled by Fatah)*

Gaza & West Bank
30,000
Operations Force (controlled by Hamas)*
Gaza & West Bank
5,000
Other Forces
Gaza & West Bank
1,500
Total
76,500

Pro-PLO Factions

Palestinian National Liberation Army/Al Fatah Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Jordan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen
5,000-8,000
Fatah Tanzim/Al Aqsa Brigades Gaza & West Bank
Uncertain
Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) Iraq
300-400
Arab Liberation Front (ALF) Lebanon, Iraq
300-400
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Syria, Lebanon
400-600
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Syria, Lebanon, Gaza & West Bank
800
Palestine Popular Struggle Front (PSF) Syria
600-700

Anti-PLO Factions

Anti-PLO  
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Gaza & West Bank
350
Hamas Gaza & West Bank
300
As-Saiqa Syria
600-1,000
Fatah Revolutionary Council/Abu Nidal Organization Lebanon, Syria, Iraq
400
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC) Syria, Lebanon
600
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - Special Command (PFLP-SC)  
50-100
Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) Syria
4,500
Fatah Intifada Syria, Lebanon
400-1,000

Sources: Anthony H. Cordesman, "Escalating to Nowhere: The Israeli-Palestinian War — The Actors in the Conflict: The Palestinian Factions That Challenge Peace and the Palestinian Authority," (DC: CSIS, September 12, 2003), p. 35

* Data from a table prepared by Danny Rubenstein and Reuters (published in Haaretz Hebrew edition, May 16, 2007)

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