GAZA, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli authorities on Thursday expelled a Palestinian from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip right after he was freed from an Israeli jail, witnesses and security sources in Gaza said.
The sources said that Ayman Abu Dawood, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, arrived in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday morning after being released from an Israeli prison.
Abu Dawood, who went on a hunger strike for 40 days before he was released, told reporters after he crossed through Erez Crossing in northern Gaza that he is happy to be released from prison.
"But I'm still sad that there are still hundreds of my colleagues and friends behind the Israeli bars," said Abu Dawood, adding "I call for intensifying the efforts to free all of them because they are suffering a lot."
Abu Dawood was released in October 2011, in the last prisoners swap brokered by Egypt between Israel and Hamas movement to free the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, but was arrested once again 10 months later.
Israel put Abu Dawood under administrative detention, until he agreed to end his hunger strike and in exchange get released but to be expelled to the Gaza Strip.