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The Jericho Governorate (Arabic: محافظة أريحاMuḥāfaẓat Arīḥā; Hebrew: נפת יריחו‬, Nafat Yeriħo) is one of 16 Governorates of Palestine. It is located along the eastern areas of the West Bank, along the northern Dead Sea and southern Jordan River valley bordering Jordan. The governorate spans west to the mountains east of Ramallah and the eastern slopes of Jerusalem, including the northern reaches of the Judaean Desert. The population of the Jericho Governorate is estimated to be 31,501, including approximately 6,000 Palestinian refugees in the governorate's camps.[1]

Agriculture is important to the economy in the district, especially in the valley near Jericho, its capital. Jericho is often considered the oldest continuous settlement in the world; its many historic and archaeological sites attract numerous tourists to the area.

Elishia's Park (also called Elisee's Spring and Ein el-Sultan) is an oasis in the Jericho District that is home to orchards, palm groves, banana plantations, and other flora.[2]

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  1. ^ "The Administrative Divisions of Governorates (Jericho)". Palestinian National Information Centre – Palestinian National Authority. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Laureates 1999". World Heritage Centre. 

Coordinates: 32°01′29.72″N 35°26′43.73″E / 32.0249222°N 35.4454806°E / 32.0249222; 35.4454806