Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government who will observe and report on breaches of the agreements between the Palestinian Authority and Israel on Hebron, following Israel’s decision to suspend the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron; and what assessment they have made of this decision.

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We are concerned by Israel’s decision not to extend the mandate for Hebron’s international monitoring mission. The mission has been in Hebron for over 20 years and fulfilled an important role in reducing tensions in the city between Israeli settlers and Palestinian communities. Our Ambassador to Israel raised our concerns over this decision with the Israeli authorities on 29 January. The Minister for the Middle East discussed our concerns with the Israeli Ambassador to the UK on 31 January and also expressed these concerns in a Tweet on the 2 February.

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