Sunday, 17 March 2013

Israel to deport hunger striker Ayman Sharawna to Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel will deport Ayman Sharawna, who has been on hunger strike since July, to the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Sunday.

After more than eight months on hunger strike, Sharawna signed an agreement to be deported to Gaza for 10 years on Sunday, PPS chief Qadura Fares said.

Sharawna is expected to enter Gaza within hours, Fares told Ma'an.

The 36-year-old is from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and is married with nine children.

He was previously released in the Oct. 2011 prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas but was rearrested in Jan. 2012 and accused of violating the terms of his release.

Israeli authorities refused to reveal how Sharawna violated his release terms, even to his lawyers, and he was jailed without charge or trial. more