Palestinian detainee ends hunger strike, expelled to Gaza (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet reporters Published: 03.30.12, 01:03)
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Islamic Jihad hunger-striker Hana Shalabi ends hunger strike after 43
days. Compromise reached states Shalabi will be deported to Gaza for
A compromise between Israel and the Palestinian Authority regarding
the release of Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi to the Gaza
Strip was reached late Thursday, the Ma´an Palestinian News Agency
Officials said Shalabi will be sent to Gaza for three years in
exchange for giving up a 43-day hunger strike.
Shalabi, 30, a supporter of the Islamic Jihad terror group, launched
the strike to protest her administrative detention in Israel.
Palestinian sources reported that the agreement was reached after the
Red Cross and several Palestinian officials intervened with Shalabi´s
Meanwhile,sources in Israel confirmed the details.
Several days ago, President Mahmoud Abbas appointed Minister of Civil
Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh to head the negotiations with Israel
regarding Shalabi´s release.
Al-Sheikh said the leadership in Ramallah was not involved in the
negotiations as it rejects Israel´s deportation policy.
He added that "Israel is responsible for the hunger-striker´s well-
being and should instead release Shalabi unconditionally to her home
and family in the West Bank – not to Gaza."
An Islamic Jihad spokesman, Daoud Shihab, denied knowledge of the
deal. "If it exists," he said, "the agreement would have been made
without the group´s involvement, as it rejects deportation."
Shalabi was released in October 2011 as part of the Shalit prison
exchange deal, but was detained again on February 16 and has been
held at HaSharon Prison since. She was admitted to Meir Medical
Center in Kfar Saba last week due to a serious deterioration in her
An IDF source reiterated that if Shalabi "returns to her old ways and
engages in terror activity after her upcoming release, she will be in
violation of the current agreement, and therefore could be prosecuted
once more." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 03/30/12)
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