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Israel to deport Ayman Sharawna to Gaza

Published on 17 March 2013, by M. Tomazy.
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.

Israeli prosecutors sought to cancel Sharawna's amnesty and jail him for 28 years, the remainder of his previous sentence.

Sharawna started his hunger strike on July 1 to demand his release.

Earlier Sunday, the Palestinian Authority minister of detainees said the PA refused to accept the deportation of Palestinian prisoners by Israel.

Issa Qaraqe said Israel had offered to release and deport Sharawna and fellow hunger striker Samer Issawi in January. The PA rejected deportation as political blackmail, the minister said.