300 to return to Palestine, thousands still in Libya

Palestinian officials estimate that there are more than 30,000 Palestinians living and working in Libya.

300 to return to Palestine, thousands still in Libya

300 Palestinians living and working in Libya will return to the occupied West Bank in the coming days, but more there are thousand of workers in Libya.

"Because of the current violence in Libya I received a personal request from (Palestinian) President (Mahmoud) Abbas ... that Israel allow a number of Palestinians to leave Libya and to enter the Palestinian territories ... so Israel will enable 300 Palestinians to enter the Palestinian areas," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday.

Those Palestinians had gone to Libya from former homes in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, a Palestinian official said, effectively classifying them as refugees or descendents of refugees who flew or were forced to leave their homes during the 1948 occupation.

Hussein al-Sheikh, head of civil affairs for the Palestinian Authority said those coming from Libya would travel into the West Bank via Jordan.

However, Palestinian officials estimate that there are more than 30,000 Palestinians living and working in Libya. Abbas has asked Netanyahu to allow in more, as an occupying force in the territories.

Palestinians have long demanded that refugees should be allowed to return, along with millions of their descendants, a demand Israel refuses to accept.

Agencies

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