A Palestinian Authority security prisoner on long-term hunger strike has inked a deal with Israel which will see him freed to exile in Gaza for 10 years, a prisoners' rights group said
Sunday. "Palestinian prisoner Ayman Sharawna, who has been on hunger strike since mid-July, has reached a deal with the Israeli side under which he will be released to Gaza and exiled there for 10 years," Qadura Fares, head of the Ramallah-based Prisoners' Club, told Agence France Presse. A spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service who initially confirmed the deal, telling AFP Sharawna "will be released in a few hours," later backtracked and said the deal was not going ahead "for the time being." She did not explain further.
Sharawna was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 38 years behind bars, but released in October 2011 among more than 1,000 terrorists and other security prisoners in exchange for abducted Israeli soldier Gil'ad Schalit. Sharawna was rearrested to serve the rest of his sentence three months later for returning to terror.