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Jordan lets Hamas leader see dying mom

2011-09-29 18:01

Amman - Jordan's interior minister says exiled Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal will be allowed into the country for a limited time on humanitarian grounds to see his ailing mother.

Mazen Saket said on Thursday he approved the visit after Meshaal requested to see his mother, saying she was dying.

He and four other Hamas leaders were expelled from Jordan in 1999 for activities deemed harmful to the state. The Hamas leader now lives in exile in Syria and heads the militant Palestinian group's political bureau.

Saket declined to say how long the Hamas leader would be allowed to stay. Meshaal was allowed to enter Jordan in August 2009 to attend his father's funeral.

Jordan blacklisted Hamas after an alleged weapons cache was discovered in the country five years ago.