Palestinian resident, Mohammad Rehan, 28, of the Jabalya refugee camp north of Gaza, returned home Monday after having spending six years in exile, sentenced by an Israeli military court.

Rehan was deported by the Israeli authorities following his arrest during an invasion into the refugee camp. He was imprisoned for two years before being forced to depart the Palestinian territories to Jordan.

He returned home today through the Egyptian crossing terminal in southern Gaza.

The Israeli authorities have been adopting a deportation policy since the Israeli-Arab war in 1967, in which Israel imposed a strict military control over Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip in 2005, but it is still widely omnipresent on main border crossings, attacking Gaza from time to time.

Deportation is deemed illegal by international law, but since 1967 Israel has exiled hundreds of Palestinians, among them the 2002 Bethlehem deportees, who were exiled to some European countries as well as to the Gaza Strip.