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Hamdallah visits ex-prisoner in Vienna

Sept. 8, 2013 1:06 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 8, 2013 7:53 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Caretaker Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah on Saturday visited an ex-Palestinian prisoner receiving medical treatment in Austria.

Hamdallah, who is currently on an international tour to secure funding for the PA, visited Muhammad al-Taj in Vienna.

The caretaker PM said that the PA will always do its best to support prisoners, whether through financial aid or rehabilitation programs.

Al-Taj was detained in 2003 and sentenced to 15 years.

A member of the Palestine Liberation Front, al-Taj had held two separate hunger strikes alongside other inmates in 2012, one lasting 67 days and the other 45 days.

Israeli President Shimon Peres pardoned al-Taj in April due to concerns over his health.

Hamdallah is seeking $500 million to cover the PA's budget deficit and to continue paying civil servants on time, his office said in a statement.

During the trip, Hamdallah will meet with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels.
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