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State of Palestine: Hunger-striker exiled to Gaza for 10 years00:38

State of Palestine: Hunger-striker exiled to Gaza for 10 years

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Gaza
March 18, 2013 at 19:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

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State of Palestine: Hunger-striker exiled to Gaza

A Palestinian prisoner previously on hunger-strike in an Israeli prison was exiled to Gaza for ten years Sunday. After signing his release and a document confirming his exile, the 36 year-old prisoner and father of nine, Ayman Sharawa, was driven from Israel to the Erez border crossing where a Palestinian ambulance was waiting. Palestinian demonstration greeted him with dozens of attendees waving flags and chanting "freedom".

Israel's internal security service Shin Bet said Sharawna, originally from the West Bank city of Hebron, would be allowed to return to his hometown after ten years if he doesn't resume militant activity. After arriving in Gaza Sharawna was driven directly to hospital for a medical examination where Gaza Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, welcomed him as a 'hero prisoner.' Sharawna said that Israel will pay for the crime of occupation and for preventing his return to his homeland.

Sharawna was one of the four prisoners held without formal charge who launched a hunger-strike July 1. The hunger strike was joined by hundreds more prisoners stoking riotous protests across territories under Israeli occupation in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 38 years in prison but released in October 2011 in a prisoner swap. He was rearrested three months later for violating the terms of his release deal. Over 4,500 Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails, some 550 of whom have been sentenced to life in prison.

SOT: Ayman Sharawna, Released Palestinian Prisoner (in Arabic) "God, knows occupiers will pay for their crimes and I will return to Jerusalem and my brothers will too."

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State of Palestine: Hunger-striker exiled to Gaza

A Palestinian prisoner previously on hunger-strike in an Israeli prison was exiled to Gaza for ten years Sunday. After signing his release and a document confirming his exile, the 36 year-old prisoner and father of nine, Ayman Sharawa, was driven from Israel to the Erez border crossing where a Palestinian ambulance was waiting. Palestinian demonstration greeted him with dozens of attendees waving flags and chanting "freedom".

Israel's internal security service Shin Bet said Sharawna, originally from the West Bank city of Hebron, would be allowed to return to his hometown after ten years if he doesn't resume militant activity. After arriving in Gaza Sharawna was driven directly to hospital for a medical examination where Gaza Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, welcomed him as a 'hero prisoner.' Sharawna said that Israel will pay for the crime of occupation and for preventing his return to his homeland.

Sharawna was one of the four prisoners held without formal charge who launched a hunger-strike July 1. The hunger strike was joined by hundreds more prisoners stoking riotous protests across territories under Israeli occupation in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 38 years in prison but released in October 2011 in a prisoner swap. He was rearrested three months later for violating the terms of his release deal. Over 4,500 Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails, some 550 of whom have been sentenced to life in prison.

SOT: Ayman Sharawna, Released Palestinian Prisoner (in Arabic) "God, knows occupiers will pay for their crimes and I will return to Jerusalem and my brothers will too."