Thursday, 7 February 2013

Hunger-striker, freed by Israel, returns to Gaza


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner who spent 100 days on hunger strike last year was released to the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

Akram Rekhawi crossed through the Erez crossing into Gaza to a public reception of political officials after nine years in Israeli jail.

In a short address, Rekhawi stressed the need to support other Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails, noting the difficult conditions in Ramle prison hospital.

The 39-year-old, from Rafah, was then transferred to Dar al-Shifa hospital by ambulance for a medical check-up.

A father of eight, Rekhawi suffers from diabetes, asthma and osteoporosis and has been held in Ramle prison clinic throughout his detention since 2004. more

Fatah, Hamas officials to meet in Cairo


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Fatah and Hamas officials will meet Wednesday in Cairo to follow up on prior reconciliation agreements and elections, a Fatah official said Wednesday.

Yahya Rabah told Ma'an that the delegations representing both factions will meet in Cairo to discuss the work of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission's work, which is to resume this month.

Rabah said voting centers would re-open within days, and voter cards will be reissued over a 10-day period.

The long-embattled reconciliation deal, signed in 2011, once again ground to a halt until a renewed push earlier this month.

A PLO meeting set for Friday in Cairo will select members of a joint government in addition to selecting the leadership of the PLO. more