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Thursday, November 7, 2002
Palestinians deported to Spain moved to town and city

Madrid El Pais (Internet Version-WWW) in Spanish 3 Nov 02

[FBIS Translated Excerpt] Palestinians deported to Spain moved to town and
city

Excerpt from report by Spanish newspaper El Pais web site on 3 November

Madrid: Ahmad Hamamrah is an almost free man in Soria. Every Monday he has
to report to the town's police station to sign the register to confirm he is
still in the Castilian town, so different from his native Bethlehem.

Almost no-one now remembers that on 22 May he arrived in Spain along with
Ibrahim Abayat and Aziz Abayat in exceptional circumstances. The three had
spent 38 days in April and May besieged by the Israeli army in the Church of
the Nativity in Bethlehem with 10 other Palestinian fighters (terrorists,
according to the state of Israel). The three were [originally] confined in a
forest house in Lubia, Soria Province, amid huge security measures, but they
left there in September to try and normalize their lives: Ahmed in [the town
of] Soria and his two colleagues in [the city of] Zaragoza. On 22 May 12 of
the 13 deportees were distributed in six EU countries - Spain, Belgium,
Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Greece...

In September the Spanish government agreed to facilitate the family
regrouping of the Palestinians. Ibrahim Abayat, who is single, and Aziz
Abayat, who is married, were placed in separate Red Cross flats in Zaragoza,
a place the three had thought of living because there is a sizable
Palestinian community.

Ahmad opted for another supervised flat in Soria. Yasmin is Ahmad's wife.
She is 12 years younger than him. They had not seen each other for months...
Now she has given birth in Soria...

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