Jericho (; ' ; ' ) is a Palestinian city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank. It is the administrative seat of the Jericho Governorate. In 2007, it had a population of 18,346.<ref name="PCBS">2007 PCBS Census. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).</ref> The city was occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, and has been held under Israeli occupation since 1967; administrative control was handed over to the Palestinian Authority in 1994.<ref name="jpost.com">[http://www.jpost.com/Features/InThespotlight/Article.aspx?id=254558 The lost Jewish presence in Jericho, Jerusalem Post]</ref> It is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.<ref name=gates2003></ref><ref name=Murphyp288>Murphy-O'Connor, 1998, p. 288.</ref><ref name=Freedmanp689>Freedman et al., 2000, p. 689–671.</ref>
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