I am trying to estimate the strength of the Palestinian irregular forces during the 1947-49 War.

I find two well documented groups:

  1. Army of the Holy War, commanded by Husayni, based in Ramalla, operating in Jerusalem Area size: ~1400
  2. Arab Liberation Army, commanded by Qawuqji, Based in Damascus, operating in North size: 6000 (many of these were not Palestinians)

I would expect to find another main group based in the coastal area, which had a large population, but cannot find it.

Is this accurate, that there was only a maximum of ~7500 irregular Palestinian fighters (disregarding the trope that there is no such thing as a Palestinian)?

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    Hmmm, not quite as trivial as I thought it would be to look up. Upvoting. I will add that I found the ALA # is disputed. It may more properly be as low as 3,500. – T.E.D. Apr 5 '18 at 21:10
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    Your terminology is anachronistic. In 1948 the word "Palestinian" meant a Jew living in Palestine, not an Arab. The term "Palestinian people" was appropriated to mean Arabs only in 1960-ies. – sds Apr 5 '18 at 21:13

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