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Israel allows Palestinians to return from Libya

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February 23, 2011 | 1:21 pm

Israel will allow 300 Palestinians from Libya to come to the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late on Wednesday that “for humanitarian reasons” he had acceded to a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to allow the Palestinians to flee the violence-plagued Libya for the West Bank.

More than a dozen countries sent airplanes to Libya to evacuate their citizens. Thousands are reported dead in protests calling for an end to Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s 41-year reign; Gadhafi took power in a 1969 coup.

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