(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
 
Last night, 550 Palestinian policemen from a special force were deployed in the city of Hebron for a temporary policing operation and operations against the Hamas terror organization. The force was trained in Jordan by United States’ General Dayton. 

The policemen will temporarily join the 2,400 policemen already deployed in the Hebron area. 

The deployment was approved by the G.O.C. of the Central Command, Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni and the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi in accordance with the policy determined by the political echelon. This police deployment implements part of the plan to allow the Palestinian Authority to increase and strengthen their policing actions and their fight against terrorism. 

The operation was authorized in a coordination meeting last Wednesday between officials from the IDF Judea and Samaria Division, the Civil Administration and Palestinian Security Service officials. The meeting mostly dealt with coordination efforts to deal with people violating the law and creating public disturbances as well as the Hamas terror organization’s activity in the Judea and Samaria region.

The deployment of 550 policemen is not a reallocation of responsibility regarding security issues; it is intended to strengthen the power of the Palestinian Authority in the area in order to bolster the ongoing fight against the Hamas terror organization.

The IDF will continue security coordination and cooperation through the Civil Administration in order to strengthen the Palestinian Authority. This in accordance with the policy decided upon by the Israeli political and military echelon.