Libya protests 311.
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Palestinians on Thursday expressed fear that Muammar Gaddafi would turn against
thousands of Palestinians living in Libya under the pretext they are helping his
The concern came in response to charges made by Gaddafi and
his son Seif al-Islam to the effect that Arabs living in Libya were involved in
the fighting against the government.
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Both the Palestinian Authority and
the Hamas government have called on neighboring Arab countries to intervene to
prevent Gaddafi from carrying out “massacres” against Palestinians in
The number of Palestinians living in Libya is not known. But
various Palestinian sources have estimated their number at several
The PA on Thursday welcomed Israel’s decision to allow 300
who fled Libya recently to return to the West Bank and the Gaza
“President Mahmoud Abbas appreciates this step and considers it a
move in the right direction,” a senior PA official in Ramallah said.
PA was “deeply concerned” about the fate of thousands of Palestinians who are
still in Libya, the official said.
“We’ve received reports that Gaddafi
is planning to take revenge against the Palestinians in his country because he
believes they are supporting the revolution against him,” he
Anti-Gaddafi protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip could
also be used by Gaddafi as an excuse to strike at Palestinians in Libya, the
The Hamas government has appealed to the Egyptian
authorities to facilitate the evacuation of Palestinians from
Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha said that Egypt has agreed to allow
thousands of Palestinians to enter its territory through a border crossing with
Libya. “We thank the Egyptian army for facilitating the evacuation of
Palestinians from Libya and allowing them to arrive in Egypt unharmed,” Taha
Hafez Barghouti, editor of the PA’s Al-Hayat al-Jadida
that Gaddafi had always supported opponents of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas
and had concocted conspiracies against them.