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Hundreds of Jordanians Seeking Extension of Visitors’ Permits

The Israeli military government on the West Bank is studying applications from hundreds of Jordanians for extension of their visitors’ permits. Most of the applicants were visiting relatives on the West Bank when civil war broke out in Jordan last September. Although the fighting in Jordan has ended, they do not want to return. Most of the permits expired Sept. 15 but Israeli authorities allowed the Jordanians to remain in view of the situation across the border. About 150 extensions were granted in keeping with Israel’s general scheme of family re-union. But the authorities have warned the others that they will have to leave. Nevertheless, each request for an extension is reportedly being considered on its individual merit.

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