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Israel denies West Bank deal for refugees fleeing Syria
Published Saturday 26/01/2013 (updated) 28/01/2013 09:45
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A Syrian family fleeing the violence in their country, sits inside their
car next to a bus carrying Palestinians as they wait to enter Lebanon,
at the border Dec. 18, 2012. (Reuters/Jamal Saidi)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The office of Israel's prime minister has denied it would let Palestinians fleeing violence in Syria into the occupied West Bank, Reuters reported Saturday.

Israeli government representatives said they had no information on talks described by President Mahmoud Abbas in an interview with al-Mayadeen satellite channel on Monday.

Abbas said Israel agreed to allow 150,000 refugees to return to the West Bank only on the condition that they formally agree to give up their right of return to homes within modern-day Israel

The head of the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees told Reuters he had not been informed of any deal between Israel and the Palestinians on a repatriation.

"It seems to be, frankly speaking, an unrealistic option from the practical point of view, to move a large number of people through Jordan and then the occupied territory, or Egypt," said Filippo Grandi, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

Syria is home to around 500,000 Palestinian refugees, some of whom have been fleeing the country because of civil war between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and fighters seeking to topple his government.

Around 5 million Palestinian refugees live in UN-run camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank and Syria, after they or their ancestors fled or were forced from homes in what is now Israel during the 1948 war of Israel's founding.
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1 ) An honest citizen / palestine
26/01/2013 13:01
The best solution is to allow the people of palestine to return to their land which was occupied by Israel in 1948

2 ) Izrail / Judea
26/01/2013 14:17
2 million arabs from West Bank and Gaza are moving to Syria to stop bloodshed & advance peace!

3 ) Mel / USA
26/01/2013 19:30
All Palestinian refugees DON'T NEED Israel's PERMISSION to BEGIN their ROR to their ancestral homeland.Nor be forced to make MORE COMPROMISE on their majority % of land.Because its LEGALLY theirs! JUST END ISRAEL's OCCUPATION! The King of Jordan should sign a treaty,with Palestine,recognizing the"West Bank"of the river as part of a NEW Palestinian State contiguously joined to Gaza,E/Jerusalem,with WATER RIGHTS & GIVING illegal settlements/outposts to Palestine.& FINAL DECLARATION of sov.borders!

4 ) Omar / USA
26/01/2013 20:05
Never! I'm returning to Haifa!

5 ) Greco-Roman / Byzantium
26/01/2013 22:31
To #4: I am returning to Constantinople and to Asia Minor. NEVER will I settle for Greece where we were kicked out in 1921. The Turks who occupied our land must make way for us. This is why we are poor - the Turks stole our land in the 1920s and exiled us. RIGHT OF RETURN to ANATOLIA NOW.

6 ) gazawi / ps
26/01/2013 23:10
why does israel need gaurantees when they deny refugees? because israel knows they have a right to claim their homes in occupied lands

7 ) Mel / USA
27/01/2013 00:38
"When the people lead,leaders will follow"!
Mahatma Gandhi.

If elected&paid,public-servant "leaders"refuse to represent the people,or international rule of law,universal human rights,as expected,then it's our obligation to make them follow,as they are paid to do!

8 ) gabi / australia
27/01/2013 02:15
so much for those idiot pundits who criticised Palestine for not accepting the refugees!

9 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
27/01/2013 10:27
Unrealistic, impractical but eminently humaine, seeing the dire straits of refugees who have fled Syria.

10 ) Reader / from Edmonton
28/01/2013 09:28
It is as practical to house Palestinian refugees in Palestine as anywhere else. Israel, put down your guns: the returning refugees are on the way. What are you going to do when 500,000 refugees start across the Allenby bridge? "When the people lead,leaders will follow."

11 ) Sameerah / USA
18/07/2013 15:16
Israel is the only country that doesn't and won't accept refugees. These Palestinians should be allowed to return to Israel or the West Bank. Israel is so racist.
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