| GEO World|
| Israel okays more Palestinian police in Hebron: report|
| Updated at: 0740 PST, Thursday, October 23, 2008|
JERUSALEM: Israel has approved to deploy several hundred additional Palestinian police in the West Bank town of Hebron as part of an operation to restore order, Israeli public radio reported Wednesday.
The deployment, the date for which has yet to be set, was agreed at a meeting Wednesday between officials of the Israeli military and the Palestinian Authority's security service.
The Israeli military confirmed in a statement that the two sides "agreed to coordinate their actions to put the plan into effect, and to continue their dialogue."
Requested by the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmud Abbas, the plan is an "important operation against troublemakers and those that violate the law in the Hebron region", according to the Israeli statement.
An Israeli military spokesman could not confirm or deny the radio report on the deployment of additional Palestinian police.
During the past few months additional Palestinian police have been deployed in the West Bank towns of Nablus and Jenin to restore order and reduce the activity of armed groups.
US aid to help the Palestinian Authority to exert its authority was stepped up after the Islamist movement Hamas took over the Gaza Strip from the Abbas' Fatah movement supporters in June 2007.