Israel allows Palestinian back home after expelling first

08:33, April 23, 2010      

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Israel on Thursday allowed a Palestinian to return to his home in the Jewish state shortly after deporting him to Gaza.

The Gaza-based Wa'ed Society for Prisoners' Rights said in a statement that Saber Al-Biari's lawyer succeeded to grab an order allowing her client to return home hours after he was sent to Gaza.

The attempted expulsion of Al-Biari, who has lived for 15 years in Israel, was an application of a new order authorizing the Israeli army to evict any Gazan who live in Israel or in the West Bank.

Earlier, local independent news agency Maan reported that Al- Biari is married to a Palestinian woman holding the Israeli ID and has lived with her in Jaffa town in Israel.

Saber had arrived at Erez crossing point in northern Gaza Strip but police from Hamas movement that controls Gaza refused his entry in an attempt to press Israel to stop expelling people, Maan said, adding that Al-Biari was stranded on the Palestinian side of the crossing.

Last week, the new Israeli decision took effect. It allows the army to evict any person from Palestinian-controlled areas in the West Bank or from Israel as long as his ID card holds a different address. However, Palestinians fear that the focus would be on Gazans.

On Wednesday, Israel also drove out a Palestinian prisoner to the Gaza Strip after he finished his nine-year sentence. The ex- prisoner, Ahmed Sabah, was born in Gaza but had lived in the West Bank since 1994 until his arrest.



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