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PA, Israel cooperate against pirate radio

Palestinian security forces safeguard Israeli official in West Bank visit to pinpoint pirate radio station

For the first time since the IDF and Palestinian security forces began working in partnership, Palestinian police took responsibility for the security of an official Israeli ministry representative in the West Bank town of Qalqilya.


The Civil Administration had received information that a pirate radio station broadcasting from the town was interfering with the control tower at Ben Gurion International Airport. The Civil Administration rapidly contacted official PA representatives so that they would handle the problem – and the PA soon reported it had closed the pirate station.


However, the interference continued and even caused serious communication problems with aircraft. The Civil Administration again contacted the PA, and requested that a Ministry of Communication official be allowed to enter Qalqilya with a special instrument that enables the station to be pinpointed.


Last week it happened: An Israeli official, accompanied by a Civil Administration officer, were escorted by Palestinian police in Qalqilya.


The instrument indicated the location of a television station operating illegally. The Palestinian police ordered its immediate closure and escorted the Israelis out of the town.


A security official said the visit illustrated the coordination between Israel and Palestinian security forces, who deal principally with public order issues and terror activities.


The connection between the two sides has grown closer recently, and Israeli guides have even been permitted to enter Bethlehem after years during which they were forbidden to enter due to concerns for their security.



פרסום ראשון: 08.01.10, 18:25
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