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Jordan Refuses Gaza Residents Entry Permits, Says Israel Plans Deportations

Jordan has refused entry permits to a large number of Gaza Strip residents seeking to cross the Allenby Bridge on the West Bank in recent days. According to reports reaching here from Amman, the Jordanian capital, Jordan started a propaganda campaign last week claiming that Israel’s Gaza Strip military governor intends to deport 50,000 Palestinian refugees in the Jabalia refugee camp to Jordan within two weeks.

Some Gaza residents denied entry permits said that Jordan is afraid Gaza will become a permanent part of Israel and that refugees entering Jordan will remain there, thus adding to its already high refugee population.

(Israel’s mission to the UN last week replied to charges there by Jordan and the Sudan that 50,000 Arabs would be expelled by saying that the allegations were unfounded. “No pressure whatever is being exercised on the residents of the camp to leave. They are free to remain where they are and where they had been forced to remain during the 19 years of Egyptian occupation,” Israel said.)