Palestinian leaders cut security coordination with Israel: PLO

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) prays at the start of a meeting for the Central Council of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. (Reuters)

Leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), led by President Mahmoud Abbas, decided on Thursday to stop all forms of security coordination with Israel, Palestinian officials said.

Three members of the Palestinian Central Council, the second highest Palestinian decision-making body, told Reuters the decision was taken during the two-day meeting that ended on Thursday. Decisions by the PLO are usually binding on the Palestinian Authority.

“The council decided to cease all forms of security coordination with Israel,” a PLO official told Reuters.

The decision was certain to provoke Israel. Security coordination is seen as vital to maintain calm in the West Bank.


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