Friday, November 20, 1998 Published at 09:34 GMT
World: Middle East
Israeli troops begin pull-out
Israeli and Palestinian commanders map out the final redeployment
Israeli troops have begun the process of withdrawing from part of the West Bank close to the northern town of Jenin.
The BBC's Correspondent in Jerusalem, Lyse Doucet, says that the governor of Jenin was on his way to see Yasser Arafat to discuss the situation.
Israel's government gave the green light on Thursday for the transfer of more West Bank land to Palestinian control as promised under the Wye River peace accord.
After weeks of delay, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's cabinet authorised the army to carry out a first stage withdrawal from 2% of the West Bank, by a vote of seven to five with three abstentions.
As part of the first phase of the deal, the cabinet also approved the long-delayed opening of a Palestinian airport in Gaza and the release of 250 Palestinian prisoners.
As the Israeli cabinet met, it emerged that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had issued a decree banning all incitement to violence - a key element of the peace deal.
And before the session, Israeli Public Security Minister Avigdor Kahalani confirmed the Palestinians did appear to have met their obligations.
Commanders from both sides met on Wednesday to complete preparations for the expected pullout.
On the ground Israeli troops have been continuing to fortify Jewish settlements bordering areas to fall under Palestinian rule and to build bypass roads.
The land for security deal was signed at the White House last month.
Under the accord Israel has agreed to cede another 13% of the West Bank in three phases over 12 weeks in return for Palestinian steps against anti-Israel militants and other political moves.
But Jewish settlers immediately took over several hilltops under cover of night.
They said they were responding to a call by Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon to take over as many hilltops as possible before the land was handed over to Palestinian control.