(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
August 10, 2001
Early this morning (10 Aug) IDF forces took control of the Governor’s House compound, and surrounding structures, in the Abu-Dis neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem. The compound serves as headquarters for PA security, which includes Force 17, General Intelligence Force, the Preventative Security Service, Military Intelligence, the Political Guidance Apparatus (responsible for military and political propaganda) and the Palestinian Police forces.
These armed services operate illegally and in contravention of signed agreements, as this area was determined to be ‘Area B’ (under Israeli security control) upon the implementation of the Hebron Accord.
As a whole, the neighborhood of Abu-Dis is classified as either Area B or C, which are both under Israeli security control. The Oslo accords do not allow the operation of Palestinian armed services in such areas.
Due to the fact that the PA utilizes its security apparatus to dispatch militants to conduct terrorist operations, and is doing nothing to prevent the continued terrorism, it was decided to take control of the compound and to remove the PA security apparatus offices.
In addition, the IDF carried out a strike against the Palestinian Authority’s West Bank police headquarters in Ramallah, due to the involvement of Palestinian policemen in terrorist operations and shooting attacks against IDF troops.
The IDF will continue to take all necessary steps to protect the security of Israeli servicemen and citizens.
|Briefing following Israeli Cabinet Meeting – Aug 10, 2001|