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Center: Israel denies British volunteers entry to West Bank

March 5, 2011 2:26 P.M. (Updated: March 6, 2011 5:56 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Friday prevented a group of British volunteers from entering the West Bank, a peace group due to host the delegation said.

Israeli officers stopped a delegation of 12 Scottish Youth Initiative volunteers on the Jordanian border with the West Bank. The volunteers were interrogated for seven hours before Israeli officials denied them entry, the HAYAT Center for Civil Society Development said.

The group was due to participate in a one-week youth exchange program between the West Bank city of Nablus and its twin city Dundee.

The visit was organized by the Nablus-Dundee twinning association, which expressed its deep disappointment.

The HAYAT center, due to host the group, also condemned the Israeli decision.

The center said the young Brits were scheduled to visit local associations, the An-Najah University, Balata refugee camp and the municipality's youth and sport department.

Various activities had been organized for the visitors, including tree-planting, football matches with the Balata camp team and volunteering in local schools, the center added.

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