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Israel to allow deported Palestinians to return home

[JURIST] Israeli officials Saturday announced plans to repatriate more than 55 Palestinians accused of terror activities who had been deported to the Gaza Strip and Europe during the Palestinian uprising. The announcement follows a Tuesday truce agreement [JURIST report] between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [official website; English version] and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Wikipedia profile] that ended four years of fighting in the region. While no timetable for the deportees return was announced, Raanan Gissin, an advisor to Sharon, issued a promise that they will not be arrested upon return. Palestinian and Israeli officials are also expected to meet Saturday evening to discuss Israel's planned handover of five West Bank towns, an easing of restrictions on Palestinian travel, and security issues. AP has more.

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