AMMAN - Jordan is barring entry to Palestinians fleeing Syria and in some cases deporting them back to the war-torn country, in violation of its international obligations, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

The organization launched a report entitled "Not Welcome: Jordan's Treatment of Palestinians escaping Syria" and said its findings were based on interviews with 30 people affected by "uncompromising treatment" that stood in "marked contrast" with how it treated Syrian nationals.

Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Ensour said the report "was not fair", adding that HRW, rather than criticize the kingdom, should pressure the international community to return Palestinians to their original homes in present-day Israel.

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