Istanbul, MINA – Turkey condemned Israel’s decision that did not want to renew the mandate of the International Observer group in the city of Hebron, the occupied West Bank.
“We strongly condemn Israel’s unilateral termination mandate of the” Temporary International Presence in Hebron ‘(TIPH) and hope that this Israeli political decision is canceled, “the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday night.
TIPH was established after the massacre of Palestinians in 1994, consisting of a five-state army, led by Norway and among others Turkish.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he would not extend his mandate for TIPH because he was accused of attacking Israeli forces.
However, Turkey continued to reject Israel’s claims. “We firmly reject the accusation that TIPH has worked against Israel, “said the Turkish Foreign Minister, according to Arab News.
TIPH has been in charge of maintaining security which avoiding conflicts in Hebron, but lately there have been more and more conflicts between Israel and Palestinians there.
Palestinian and European officials have also expressed concern and regret over Israel’s decision. (T/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)