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Amid heightened tensions, PLO calls for ending security coordination with Israel


RAMALLAH, West Bank — A top body in the Palestine Liberation Organization has called for ending security coordination with Israel — a step that could lead to an escalation of tensions.

It is not clear if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will implement Thursday's resolution by the PLO's Central Council.

Since the beginning of the year, both sides have taken retaliatory steps.

In January, Abbas sought membership in the International Criminal Court, paving the way for possible war crimes charges against Israel.

In response, Israel withheld tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority. Activists in Abbas' Fatah movement countered by enforcing a boycott of goods made by Israeli food companies.

Despite the tensions, security coordination between Abbas' forces and Israeli troops has continued in the West Bank.

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