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Former hunger striker due to get married in the UK

Sept. 29, 2013 12:57 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2013 1:47 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Former Palestinian hunger striker Mahmoud al-Sarsak is due to get married in the United Kingdom.

The soccer player from the Gaza Strip was imprisoned by Israel without charge or trial since July 2009, before undertaking a 92 day hunger strike to demand his release.

Al-Sarsak met his future wife, Victoria Dias, while touring in the United Kingdom to speak about the plight of Palestinian prisoners and sport in Palestine.

The wedding will be held in London before returning to the Gaza Strip.

Al-Sarsak had joined the local soccer team in his Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip at 14, becoming the youngest footballer to play in the Palestine Liga A at the time. The midfielder attracted the attention of a German coach while playing for the Palestine national team in Norway.

The first step was to play for a team in the West Bank. But Israeli security arrested him on July 22, 2009, at the Erez crossing from the blockaded Gaza Strip, the only route to Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank.
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