Israel to exile hunger striking prisoner to Gaza

Shin Bet to let Palestinian prisoner relocate to Gaza; will be allowed to return to W. Bank after 10 years if abstains from terror.

March 17, 2013 22:03
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Palestinians in Ramallah hold prisoners' pictures

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


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A Palestinian security prisoner on hunger strike will soon be deported to the Gaza Strip, the Shin Bet General Security Services reported on Sunday.

In a press release, the Shin Bet said that Iman Sharawna, a Hamas member, submitted a request recently to leave prison and relocate to the Gaza Strip, instead of serving the rest of his sentence in an Israeli prison.

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The Shin Bet said that in keeping with a decision they agreed to with the IDF and the state prosecutors office, his request was approved. Under the agreement, he will be allowed to return to the West Bank after ten years if he has abstained from terror activities, the Shin Bet stated.

They added that as a condition of the release, they expect him to finish his hunger strike and to leave prison for Gaza in the coming days.

Sharawna was arrested in 2002 for his part in the laying of an explosive device in Beersheba, which injured 18 civilians, as well as the attempted kidnapping of a soldier and a shooting attack on soldiers. Sharawna was sentenced to 38 years in prison but was released as part of the Shalit deal on October 18th, 2011.

The Shin Bet said that immediately after he was let out, he violated the terms of his release, and again began to take part in Hamas security activities, for which he was arrested on January 30th, 2012.

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