RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec 31 (AFP) -
The number of Palestinians around the world reached 8.7 million in 2003,
including 3.7 million in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to official
figures published Wednesday.
The total figure rises to 9.7 million
with the inclusion of Israelis of Arab origin, the survey by the Palestinian
Authority's bureau of statistics found.
Of the 3.7 million inhabitants of the
Palestinian territories, 2.3 million live in the West Bank and 1.4 million
Around 2.8 million live in Jordan, 436,000