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Reports of Lingering Tourists from Jordan Spur New Monitors

Concerned about reports that Jordanian tourists are staying in Israel illegally, Israel’s Interior Ministry has announced plans to monitor the tourists’ movements.

Thousands of Jordanians who had entered Israel on tourist visas since Israel and Jordan signed their peace treaty in October were staying in the Jewish state illegally, living with family members and working in the terrorists and in the Galilee, Israel Radio reported recently.

In response to the reports, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Israeli travel agencies would not be required to submit detailed tour itineraries that include the number of people in each group. The tours from Jordan would also be required to leave Israel with the same number of people who entered.