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AMMAN - Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has been allowed into Jordan to
visit his sick mother more than a decade after he was deported from the
country, officials said on Thursday.
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It was Mashaal's second
visit to Jordan since a crackdown in 1999, when the Amman offices of
Hamas were closed and its top leaders were expelled for conducting
illegal activities. He has set up home in Damascus since 2001.
was permitted to visit his dying father in Amman briefly in 2009. His
father's funeral turned into a show of support for Hamas.
has many supporters in Palestinian camps in Jordan, which hosts the
largest number of refugees outside the West Bank and Gaza.