'Israel to exile hunger striking prisoner to Gaza'

Palestinian prisoner will reportedly be exiled to Gaza for 10 years; had been rearrested after being released in Schalit deal.

March 17, 2013 18:53
Palestinians in Ramallah hold prisoners' pictures

Palestinians in Ramallah hold pictures of prisoners 370 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

Israel will deport to the Gaza Strip Palestinian prisoner Ayman Sharawna, who has been on hunger strike to demand his release since July, Palestinian news ageny Ma'an reported on Sunday.

Sharawna signed an agreement to be deported for 10 years and is expected to enter Gaza on Sunday, Ma'an reported.

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

The convict was arrested for helping carry out a terrorist attack in Beersheba. On the morning of May 11, 2002, two Palestinian terrorists placed an improvised bomb near a group of civilians in the Old City of Beersheba and fled. A technical fault prevented the bomb from exploding fully.

Eighteen civilians were wounded. Sharawna was sentenced to 38 years imprisonment.

Sharawna was released with 1,027 other prisoners in October 2011 under the Egypt-brokered deal between Hamas and Israel for the return of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit

In violation of the conditions of his release, Sharawna returned to terrorist activities with Hamas, according to the IDF, and was re-arrested in January 2012.

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