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        2/7/2013, Shevat 27, 5773

      Gaza Hunger Striker Released from Israeli Prison


      A prisoner from Gaza who staged a hunger strike of more than 100 days, last year, was freed from an Israeli prison on Thursday and returned to his home in the Hamas-ruled area, accordin to Agence France PresseAkram Al-Rikhawi was shown on Palestinian Authority (PA) television being welcomed by a large crowd of wellwishers  as he crossed into Gaza after close to nine years in jail. Israel convicted Al-Rikhawi in 2004 for his membership in Hamas. He was due to be freed in June this year, but the PA Prisoners' Club said in July that the Israel Prisons Service agreed to bring forward his release in exchange for his ending the hunger strike.

      Amnesty International said, Thursday that Jaafar Ezzedine and Tareq Qaadan, imprisoned without charge since November were suffering deteriorating health after being on hunger strike since shortly after their arrest. An Amnesty statement quoted an unnamed lawyer as saying both men accepted injections of vitamins and other supplements. Amnesty demanded that Israel either charge or release those interned under adminstrative detention immediately and end the practice.