Israel to set free hunger-striking Gaza footballer

RAMALLAH (West Bank) — A soccer player from Gaza held by Israel without trial for nearly three years has agreed to end his three-month hunger strike in exchange for hospital treatment and an early release, his lawyer said on Monday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Tue 19 Jun 2012, 8:46 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:41 PM

Mahmoud Al Sarsak, 25, was detained under Israel’s “unlawful combatants” law, and is the latest of a number of Palestinian prisoners to end fasts after winning guarantees of release from their Israeli jailers.

“There has been a written agreement with the Israeli side for him to be released on July 10 and to be moved for medical treatment to a civilian hospital,” Sarsak’s lawyer Mohammed Jabarin said. “There had been a substantial deterioration in his health and he needs special care. He will not return to prison,” Jabarin added.

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