The announcement came soon after Israel deported three suspected Palestinian militants from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. Israel said that men were members of the Islamist group Hamas, and are on a list of 15 Palestinians that Israel wants to expel. The decision to resume the practise 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 14:10:03)