At that time, was the Palestinian Authority functioning? Partially. Towards the endof that period, it functioned more. At first, less. There was talk here and there that 400 policemen would be given special permission to transfer from Jericho to Jenin. Stuff like that.
Was the army entering Area A (under Palestinian civil and security control)? Sure, no problem. In general, there was an understanding with the Palestinian Authority that after midnight, no matter what, they don’t hang around outside. The military orders, which were also passed on to the Palestinian Authority, were that anyone walking around armed after midnight could and should be shot. So there was no problem entering Area A.
Why enter Area A? To carry out arrest missions. All of the arrests at that time were very boring. I think it was just people who had thrown stones or something like that. Some of them not even that. Just people who were “needed for questioning” by the Shabak (Israel Security Agency), because the assessment was that they knew something.