The Israeli army is proposing building a wall to divide Israeli and Palestinian-controlled sections of the West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli security officials said Thursday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said army has presented its plan for the Hebron divide wall to Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz for a ruling.

The Hebron project would be designed to separate Jews and Arabs in the city, where about 500 Jewish settlers live in three compounds amid 162,000 Palestinians.

About 30,000 Palestinians live in the Israeli-controlled zone, and it is unclear how the military plans to accommodate them if the wall is built.