Palestinians want UN forces to be permanently deployed in West Bank and East Jerusalem
The Palestinians are asking the United Nations to deploy a permanent international force in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Tuesday's request comes a day after Israel said it was suspending operations of an observer force in the city of Hebron, after 20 years.
Palestinian official Saeb Erekat says the UN should "guarantee the safety and protection of the people of Palestine" until "the end of Israel's belligerent occupation." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said it would not extend the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, saying "we will not allow the continuation of an international force that acts against us."
(With inputs from agencies.)