World Bulletin / News Desk
A hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner was exiled by Israel to the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian officials said.
The deal involving Ayman Sharawneh comes ahead of Wednesday's two-day visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Israel and occupied Palestinian territory.
Sharawneh, 37, from the Hebron area in the occupied West Bank, had signed an agreement to stay in Gaza for 10 years, according to Qadura Fares, head of an advocacy group for Palestinian prisoners.
Sharawneh had been freed from an Israeli prison as part of a 2011 swap for an Israeli soldier who was held for more than five years in Gaza, then arrested again last year.
He had joined other prisoners in intermittently refusing food in protest against their being jailed without trial.
Sharawneh was driven into Gaza in an ambulance through the high-security Erez Crossing under cover of darkness.
He was admitted to the main hospital in Gaza City, where he received a hero's welcome - dozens of supporters greeting him with flags.
A prisoners' association said Sharawneh was being admitted to an intensive care unit.
Qadoura stressed that Shawarneh had signed onto the deal of his own accord. Palestinian authorities object to deportations from land they seek for a state.Last Mod: 18 Mart 2013, 11:04