Russia Delivers Armoured Carriers to Palestine

12 July 2010 (Last Updated July 12th, 2010 18:30)

Russia has delivered a total of 50 BTR-70 armoured personnel carriers (APC) to Jordan, to be used by Palestinian forces. Russia said the vehicles being delivered to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) will be used to ensure security on the West Bank of the Jordan River. <

Russia has delivered a total of 50 BTR-70 armoured personnel carriers (APC) to Jordan, to be used by Palestinian forces.

Russia said the vehicles being delivered to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) will be used to ensure security on the West Bank of the Jordan River.

"Further delivery to the PNA will depend on the agreement between Palestine and Israel," said Russia's special envoy in the Middle East and deputy foreign minister, Alexander Saltanov.

The armoured vehicles have been delivered without any weaponry, added Saltanov.

The BTR-70 is a 4x4-wheeled APC that can accommodate a crew quantity of six and incorporates an NBC protection system, a central-tyre regulation system, and a fire detection/suppression system.