Israel Extends Ex-SLA Militiamen's Residencies

Published July 3rd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Former South Lebanon Army (SLA) militiamen and their families who fled to Israel in May 2000 have had their residency visas renewed for another two-and-a-half years, reported Haaretz newspaper.  

The former militiamen were forbidden, however, from receiving Israeli license plates for their cars, and have to make do with the original Lebanese plates.  

In May, SLA representatives complained to Israeli officials that the Lebanese plates were causing them great inconvenience by automatically marking them as Lebanese.  

The Israeli Interior Ministry has ruled out the possibility of naturalizing the SLA men and their families for the moment, said the paper.  

Haaretz said there were 334 SLA cars on the roads in Israel. The remaining 240 are still waiting in a huge parking lot at the Israeli Army's Abbassieh outpost just south of the Lebanese border. The owners cannot afford to pay the required taxes – 


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