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Hunger-Striking Palestinian Soccer Player Released After 3 Years in Israeli Prison

HeadlineJul 11, 2012

A Palestinian soccer player who staged a hunger strike over the course of four months has been released after three years in an Israeli prison without charge or trial. Mahmoud al-Sarsak was greeted by thousands of supporters on Tuesday as he returned home to the Gaza Strip. Last month, he agreed to end his hunger strike in return for hospital care and an early release. Sarsak was one of more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners to take part in a coordinated hunger strike to protest Israel’s policy of administrative detention.

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