Israel to deport Palestinian hunger striker to Gaza

March 29, 2012 21:47

RAMALLAH, West Bank - A Palestinian woman on hunger strike in protest at her detention without charges by Israel will be deported to the Gaza Strip under a deal ending her fast, her representatives said on Thursday.

Hana Shalabi, a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group, stopped taking food after Israeli troops seized her in the occupied West Bank on Feb. 16, becoming the second Palestinian detainee in quick succession to go on hunger strike.

Qadoura Fares of the Palestinian Prisoners Club said Shalabi had agreed to three years' exile in Gaza, which is geographically separate from the West Bank and under Israeli blockade, "in return for ending her strike and being freed".

"We reject deportation, but this is her decision and her own life," Fares told Reuters.

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