Kuwait Calls for Urgent UN Session on Al-Khalil

Al-Khalil, MINA – Kuwait called on Friday for an emergency session of the UN Security Council (UNSC) over the Israeli decision to end mandate of the international observers mission in the occupied West Bank’s city of al-Khalil.

According to PIC, Anatolio Ndong Mba, President of the Security Council for February, told reporters at a press conference that the decision on the Kuwaiti demand is not yet taken.

If it was agreed upon, it would be tabled under the title of “other issue,” he added

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last Monday he would not renew mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), which was deployed in al­Khalil following an agreement reached after the massacre at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city in February 1994 when Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinians while praying inside the mosque.

TIPH includes around 60 observers from Norway, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. Its mandate is renewed every six months. They report to both the Israeli governments and the Palestinian Authority as well as their respective governments.(R/R04/P2)


Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)