10 years of international presence in Hebron

On the 1st of February 2007, The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) marks its 10 year anniversary of operation. TIPH is a civilian observer mission in the West Bank city of Hebron consisting of personnel from Norway, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Turkey. (Hebron 10.01.2007)

Hebron 10.01.2007: On the 1st of February 2007, The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) marks its 10 year anniversary of operation.

TIPH is a civilian observer mission in the West Bank city of Hebron consisting of personnel from Norway, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Turkey.

TIPH was called for during the Oslo peace talks by the Palestinian authority and the Israeli government to assist them in their efforts to restore normalcy to the city of Hebron. TIPH reports on breaches of regional agreements on Hebron and human rights law.

TIPH reports its observations to the Israeli and Palestinian parties both on a local level and on a national level. In addition TIPH communicates its findings to the six member countries, which then can use diplomatic channels to widen the dialog concerning the situation in Hebron.

Hebron is a city of tension, divided in Israeli controlled and Palestinian controlled areas. It is the only city in the West Bank where Israeli settlers live inside the city centre. Since the massacre in the Ibrahimi Mosque / Cave of Machpela in 1994, more than 13 000 individual reports have been written by TIPH.

The Mission has continued to report during the strenuous times of the Intifada starting in 2000. In 2002 two members of the mission were killed. The mission was temporarily withdrawn after being attacked in February 2006 but is now back in full operation.