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Former prisoners deported to Qatar in Gaza for Hamas celebrations

Dec. 4, 2012 7:35 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 5, 2012 8:07 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A number of former Palestinian prisoners who were deported to Qatar as part of the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel have arrived in Gaza City to mark Hamas’ 25th anniversary.

Sabir Abu Karsh, chief of the Waed prisoners association, told reporters that six former prisoners arrived in Gaza to join celebrations of Hamas' anniversary “and the triumph the Gaza Strip achieved against Israel in the last military offensive Israel launched against the coastal enclave.”

Gaza-based former prisoner and senior Hamas’ leader Tawfiq Abu Naim greeted the returning former prisoners in a news conference held by Waed prisoners’ association.

Abu Naim urged the Egyptian authorities to reconsider the terms of the prisoner swap agreement brokered by Egypt. “Israeli occupation must realize that they will pay a toll for any assault against leaders and former prisoners.”

Abdul-Hakim Hanani, a former prisoner who arrived from Qatar, said the “future stage will be based on the principle hit for hit, and blood for blood.”

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