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October 8th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Israel grants hundreds of Druze passage to Syria for first time

CNN’s Paul Colsey filed this report from Jerusalem:

Israel has granted permission for 300 Druze clerics to travel to Syria, an Israel Interior Ministry official told CNN Thursday, marking the first time the Jewish state has allowed so many Druze to visit Syria for a religious pilgrimage and to visit relatives.

Said Mudani, representative for minorities at Israel's Interior Ministry, said the move came in a response to a request by Druze spiritual leader Wafaq Tarif.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Druze • Israel • Middle East • Syria

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