Egypt Grants Citizenship to 50,000 Palestinians

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Some 50,000 Palestinians, most of them from Gaza, have been granted Egyptian citizenship over the past few months, an Egyptian security official told the newspaper El-Watan on Thursday. The official said that the Egyptian Interior Ministry had been instructed to give citizenship to all Palestinians who were born to Egyptian mothers. The official said Cairo was studying the requests of an additional 35,000 Palestinians to receive Egyptian citizenship and predicted that by 2013 the number of Palestinians with Egyptian citizenship would reach 100,000. Mahmoud Zahar, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, disclosed earlier this year that he, too, had become an Egyptian national because his mother was Egyptian.

2012-10-12 00:00:00

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