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Deported prisoner protests at Erez

April 22, 2010 9:52 A.M. (Updated: April 23, 2010 2:19 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – Deported to Gaza on Wednesday after his release from Israeli prison, Tulkarem native Ahmad Sabbah announced a sit-in strike at the Strip's northern Erez crossing in protest.

"I consider myself the first detainee deported to Gaza, and I will stay in this sit-in tent at the Erez terminal until I am allowed to return to my wife and family in Tulkarem," Sabbah said Thursday.

During an interview with Ma'an, Sabbah said the deportation was meant as a further punishment for him, and for all Palestinians detained by Israeli forces.

"Israel is serious about this deportation decision," Sabbah said, saying the country was putting pressure on the Palestinian Authority to let the decision stand.

Sabbah's family was waiting at the Al-Thahriyah crossing in the West Bank to receive their son after 10 years behind bars, but were surprised when Israeli authorities delivered the news that he had already been deported to Gaza.

At the time, Sabbah called the move "discriminatory and harsh."
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