Minister says PA rejects deportation of prisoners
Published Sunday 17/03/2013 (updated) 18/03/2013 17:46
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority minister of detainees said Sunday that the PA refuses to accept the deportation of Palestinian prisoners by Israel.
Issa Qaraqe said that two months ago Israel made an offer to release and deport hunger striking prisoners Ayman Sharawna and Samer Issawi.
Deporting Palestinian prisoners is political blackmail, Qaraqe said, and the PA refused the offer.
On Wednesday, Samer Issawi's lawyer said that he "could die at any moment," after escalating his seven-month hunger strike by refusing water.
He has been on hunger strike for 228 days and was hospitalized in late February.
Israeli forces arrested him on July 7 and accused him of violating the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem. Israeli prosecutors are seeking to reinstate Issawi's former sentence.
Ayman Sharawna, 36, went on hunger strike on July 1, 2012, but briefly stopped on Dec. 23 after believing there were developments in his case, prisoner rights group Addameer says.
He restarted the strike in January.