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Hamas minister congratulates Samer Issawi on deal

April 23, 2013 1:22 P.M. (Updated: April 23, 2013 1:22 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's minister for detainee affairs on Tuesday congratulated Samer Issawi on reaching a deal to end his hunger strike in return for his release from Israeli detention to his hometown.

Issawi's lawyer Jawad Boulos said Tuesday that Issawi would end his 265-day hunger strike following an agreement that Israel will release him to Issawiya in eight months.

In a statement, Attalah Abu al-Sabih congratulated Issawi on winning his battle against Israeli aggression despite pressure by Israel's prison administration.

Issawi had rejected previous proposals to be exiled to Gaza or abroad, insisting on returning to his home.

Abu al-Sabih praised Issawi's commitment to Jerusalem, which he said sent a clear message to the entire Islamic world to support the holy city.

The Hamas minister applauded Issawi's patience and his decision to choose death over humiliation.
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