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Israel continues to hold 6 Iraqis

JERUSALEM, Feb. 26 (JTA) — Israel’s High Court of Justice has refused to release six Iraqi citizens held in Israeli jails for the past three years. The court, ruling Wednesday on an Iraqi petition, said the Iraqis could pose a security threat. The court ruling came in response to a petition from the Iraqis, who said they had fled Iraq for their lives. While denying the petition, the justices instructed the Israeli government to make efforts in the next three months to find other countries that would accept the Iraqis.