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Social media row: US deports Palestinian student

A Palestinian teenager says he has been denied entry to the US after officials complained about his friends’ social media posts.

Ismail Ajjawi, who lives in Lebanon but recently admitted to Harvard University, says he was questioned for hours after arriving at Boston’s airport on Friday.

Seventeen-year-old Mr. Ajjawi says his visa was cancelled after immigration officials searched his phone and laptop.

Despite his protests that he had nothing to do with the posts, he was found “inadmissible” to the US.

A spokesman for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the decision was made “based on information discovered during the CBP inspection”.

But the official would not be drawn into the specifics of the case, citing confidentiality clauses.