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Mauritania expels Israeli ambassador

(JTA) — Mauritania reportedly has expelled the Israeli ambassador and his staff.

On Friday, according to various media reports, Mauritanian officials told Israel’s ambassador, Miki Arbel, that he had 48 hours to leave the country, which is overwhelmingly Muslim.

Mauritania is one of only three members of the Arab League, along with Egypt and Jordan, that maintains full ties with Israel. But relations between Israel and the West African nation have been strained since the recent war in Gaza.

In response to the Gaza war, Mauritania already had suspended contacts and recalled its own ambassador from Israel.

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