National Security Forces (NSF) – PA/Hamas

The National Security Forces (NSF) is the successor organisation to the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), once the PLO’s military in exile, and is often described as Palestine’s army-in-waiting. It initially recruited most of its personnel from the PLA and gradually added local recruits. Its current role is to support other Palestinian Authority security forces. The NSF in the West Bank has been led by Major General Nidal Abu Dukhan since 2011. In Gaza, the NSF has been led by Brigadier General Naim Al-Ghoul since 2015. The NSF was previously led by Fatah Central Committee member Ismail Jabr between 1994-2005.