The last Jordanian refugees to cross the Allenby Bridge before the expiration of the official time limit set by the Israelis - tonight (Thursday) - have struggled over with their belongings.
The last Jordanian refugees to cross the Allenby Bridge before the expiration of the official time limit set by the Israelis - tonight (Thursday) - have struggled over with their belongings. The Israeli Government, however, has now let it to be known that the exercise of repatriation will be extended unofficially on humanitarian grounds.
Altogether, 400 Jordanians - mostly the older men and mothers with children - crossed to the river's West Bank under the supervision of the International Red Cross, and brought the total repatriated during the two weeks of the operation to about 14,000.
Estimates of the Israeli permits issued to Jordan and still unused vary between 10,000 and 14,000. The Jordanians contend that up to 170,000 people want to return to the homes they lost during the war in June, but the Israelis say that only 150,000 fled in the first place.
Today, Jordanian officials met the Israeli Minister of the Interior and formally asked for an official extension of the deadline. Mr. Silverstone said their request could not be met. But on Sunday the Israeli Cabinet will meet to discuss arrangements for allowing in several thousand more refugees who had failed to meet the deadline.