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Israel allows 20 Palestinian police stations to reopen

Israel will allow the reopening of 20 West Bank police stations under Palestinian control.

The stations will be staffed by some 500 personnel and are located in a zone under Israeli security control and Palestinian civil control.

This is the first time Israel has permitted such a move since 2001. It is part of commitments made last week by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to ease the lives of ordinary Palestinians.

“This aims to enhance security and impose law and order under the Abbas security plan,” Hussein al-Sheikh, the head of the Palestinian Authority’s Civil Affairs Ministry, told Reuters.

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