Israel expels 12 Palestinians to the Gaza Strip

05 December 2003
Israeli officials on 4 December confirmed that they had expelled 12 Palestinians from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected their appeals. The men arrived at two separate border crossings on the Gaza Strip late on 4 December, confirmed a Palestinian security source. An Israeli spokesman said eight of the men were members of the Islamist group Hamas, and that three belonged to the Islamic Jihad. The other man is believed to be a member of Al-Aqsa Matyrs' Brigade.

The 12 men are part of a group of 18 arrested and held without charge in Israel. The decision to resume the practice of expelling suspected militants was made after the 4 October suicide bombing in Haifa that killed 19 Israelis. The policy has been widely criticised by the international community (MEED 11:11:03).

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