Israel deports Palestinian hunger striker to Gaza Strip

Arab-Israel Relations Materials 18 March 2013 11:01 (UTC +04:00)

Israel overnight released and deported to the Gaza Strip a Palestinian militant who had been on an intermittent hunger strike for more than eight months, dpa reported according to the Israel Radio.

Ayman Sharawna, from the West Bank, first started his hunger strike on July 1, 2012 in protest at his rearrest under an Israeli military order, which allows the cancellation of early releases of Palestinian detainees freed in prisoner swaps.

Sharawna had been freed in the October 2011 swap between Israel and Hamas, as part of which the Islamist movement ruling Gaza released abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The Palestinian was rearrested last year, after Israel said he broke the terms of his early release.

He still had 28 years to serve of a 38-year jail sentence for helping plant a bomb in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba that injured 18 Israeli civilians, participating in an attempt to abduct an Israeli soldier, and a gun attack, the radio said.

On Sunday, he signed a deal with the Israeli authorities, agreeing to end his hunger strike and be deported to the Gaza Strip.

The 36-year-old will only be allowed to return to his West Bank village after 10 years on condition he does not resume militant activities against Israel.