Jordan Expels Two Senior Leaders of Palestinian Hamas
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Jordan has expelled two senior Hamas leaders following demands by Israel and the PLO that it crack down on the Islamic militant group.
A Hamas source in Amman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Jordanian authorities confiscated the residency permits of Mousa Abu Marzouq and Imad Alami as they left the kingdom Wednesday night. It was not clear where they were sent.
Both served as Hamas representatives elsewhere but frequently visited Jordan to meet other Hamas officials.
The group has claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed dozens of Israeli civilians and soldiers and challenged the Palestine Liberation Organization’s authority in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Abu Marzouq heads Hamas’ political department from his base in Lebanon.
Imad Alami, 49, serves as Abu Marzouq’s deputy and is believed to be in charge of the group’s activities in the occupied territories. He is the Hamas representative in Iran.
Jordanian officials refused to comment.