GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel expelled two Palestinians from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday -- an unprecedented step the military hailed as a powerful deterrent against suicide bombings and human rights groups condemned as a violation of international law.
Intisar and Kifah Ajouri -- brother and sister of an explosives expert who had dispatched two suicide bombers to Tel Aviv -- said they were driven in an Israeli armored vehicle into Palestinian-controlled territory, with troops using back roads to avoid a large group of journalists waiting at the main crossing into Gaza.
The Israeli military said they had each had been given 1,000 shekels $212 as an "adjustment grant" for their two-year exile in Gaza. Relatives said the two -- Kifah is a house painter and Intisar a pharmacist -- would try to adjust to their new lives.
Israel's Supreme Court paved the way for the expulsions when it decided in a landmark ruling Tuesday that the military can force relatives of Palestinian terror suspects out of the West Bank, as long as it proves they pose a security threat.
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