Monday, February 8, 2010

Israel releases, deports Gazan prisoner to West Bank

Gaza – Ma'an – Israeli authorities released and deported on Sunday Nitham Muhammad Shneina, originally from Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, to the West Bank.

According to Riyad Al-Ashqar, spokesman for the de facto government's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, Shneina was detained on 4 October 2006 in the West Bank where he was employed. He was sentenced to three and a half years, and was released on Sunday and deported to the West Bank, instead of being allowed into Gaza where his family lives, Al-Ashqar said.

On Friday, Israeli authorities released Bakr Al-Hafi, who lived in Tulkarem with his family for the last ten years, and deported him to Gaza, where his family originates from.

Nine other Palestinian prisoners are awaiting deportations abroad.