Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Palestinian refugees still adamant they must return home

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

"AIN AL-HILWEH, 18 December 2007 (IRIN) - Palestinian and Israeli leaders may have agreed at the US-sponsored peace conference in Annapolis on 27 November to work towards a full peace deal by the end of next year, but in the tinderbox refugee camp of Ain Al-Hilweh in Lebanon the lives of 75,000 Palestinians are defined by an intractable issue at the heart of the conflict: the right of Palestinian refugees to return home.

No-one can negotiate on our right to return to Palestine. There is only one country called Palestine and we will never return there except by resistance to Israel,” said Abu Yousef, a fighter with the radical Palestinian Islamist faction Ansar Allah......"

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