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Abu Fanoun: Deportation better than jail

July 6, 2013 5:00 P.M. (Updated: July 7, 2013 7:22 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner who was deported to Gaza for 10 years said Saturday that being deported was better than remaining in Israeli jail.

Iyad Abu Fanoun, 30, from Battir village near Bethlehem, told Ma’an that he only had two options: "deportation is rejected in principal, but when it is compared to the other choices it is the safest choice, especially that it is to an area in Palestine."

Abu Fanoun was deported to Gaza on the condition that he not contact “terrorist” groups, and not leave Gaza for 10 years. If any of these conditions are violated he can be returned to prison, and 10 years will be added to his original sentence, Abu Fanoun said.

He was hopeful that he could start a new life in Gaza, enroll in university, and marry.

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