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PNA rejects Israeli offer to expel 2 hunger-striking prisoners to Gaza

English.news.cn   2013-02-28 18:14:06            

RAMALLAH, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) rejected an Israeli offer to expel two hunger- striking prisoners to the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Thursday.

The PNA will not accept that the two prisoners be sent either outside the Palestinian territories or outside their areas of residence of the two hunger-strikers who come from the West Bank, said minister of prisoners affairs Eissa Qaraqe'.

The prisoners, Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawneh, have been fasting since the summer of last year, protesting their incarceration without a trial.

The two prisoners were arrested months after they were released in a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Islamic Hamas movement, which controls Gaza. Hamas swapped Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier it captured in 2006, for more than 1,000 Palestinian inmates.

Qaraqe' warned that Israel, by detaining Issawi and Sharawneh, was planning to reactivate imprisonment sentences that the two men were serving prior to Hamas-Israel prisoners exchange deal.

Four other prisoners have joined Issawi and Sharawneh in their standoff, also held under "administrative detention," which allows Israel to held them for information based on secret evidences.

But on Thursday, the Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoner's Club said that two of the hunger-strikers, Jaafar Izzedeen and Tareq Qa 'dan, decided to break their fasting after an Israeli court set March 6 to study their appeal not to renew their administrative detention's term.

On Saturday, a Palestinian prisoner died during interrogation and Palestinian officials accused Israel of torturing him.


Editor: Fu Peng
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