PNA requests Israeli permission to evacuate Palestinians in Libya

22:05, February 22, 2011      

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The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on Tuesday requested Israel to allow the evacuation of Palestinians in Libya to the West Bank, an official said.

Many of the Palestinians trapped in Libya are refugees who don' t hold Palestinian identity cards enabling them to return home.

The Palestinian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the PNA put an emergency plan to start transferring the Palestinians from Libya if Israel accepted the request.

He added that "pure humanitarian motivation" was behind the decision.

The Israeli government is studying the Palestinian request, Israel Radio said, adding that the number of Palestinians in Libya is 20,000.

Israel doesn't recognize the nationality of Palestinians who were not in the West Bank and Gaza Strip when it occupied the two areas in 1967.

Source: Xinhua
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