Security coordination with Israel still halted, says Palestinian president

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas reads a statement during his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not pictured) in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on January 31, 2023. (Photo: AFP)

RAMALLAH, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that the decisions of the Palestinian leadership will continue to be implemented, including halting security coordination with Israel.

Abbas made the remarks during a meeting at the presidential headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah with chiefs of Palestinian security apparatuses, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Abbas underlined that the leadership's decisions "aim to protect the rights and national interests of the Palestinian people."

Palestinian officials said Saturday that the Palestinian leadership "is facing international pressure to resume security coordination with Israel."

In January, the Palestinian leadership decided to stop security coordination with Israel and go to international institutions after nine Palestinians were killed in an Israeli army operation into Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.