An Israeli military official told The Jerusalem Times on Tuesday that he had instructed officers to return all documents that they have in their possession to the Palestinian Authority in order to facilitate the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians on a future peace deal.
“The IDF has no authority to confiscate documents, and we have no authority over their return,” IDF Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai told the newspaper.
“But this is something we need to do to help us facilitate the talks.”
He said the order came from the director of information security (DISA) and was issued at the request of the ministry of defense.
The Israeli military has been working with the Palestinian leadership on a series of high-level talks aimed at resolving the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has claimed the lives of nearly 1,100 Palestinians.
The IDF chief of staff and other senior officers have made several visits to Ramallah in recent months, but no progress has been made in recent weeks.
In December, a senior Palestinian official said that Israel was close to reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians, but that the talks were not likely to lead to a final deal in the foreseeable future.
The U.N. says five Afghan citizens were killed in a U.F.O. strike in the country’s north on Tuesday.
The U.B.C. said it confirmed the deaths with the U.C.-based military.
U.S.-led coalition forces are battling the Taliban and other groups for control of the Afghan-administered northwestern province of Kunduz.
There was no immediate comment from the Afghan government.
U.N.-backed government forces have been working to wrest control of Kundu since November.
They were forced to withdraw from Kunduz following a suicide bombing on October 24 that killed hundreds of people in the city.
Kunduz is one of the world’s poorest regions, home to the largest concentration of foreign fighters in Afghanistan, according to the U,N.
“The use of these unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as the widespread use of improvised explosive devices, including improvised explosive device-laden vehicles and suicide bombers, has led to the killing of civilians and civilian infrastructure, including roads, water and electricity systems,” the U.,N.
said in its report.
The U, N. also said that in February, a UAV crashed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, killing three people.