Israel has released a Palestinian prisoner from jail, completing an agreement made earlier this year in exchange for him ending a hunger strike.
Samer al-Issawi’s return home to the village of al-Issawiya was the cause for much celebration.
In April, he stopped his 265 day on-off fast that nearly killed him. His continued imprisonment had sparked protests in the West Bank.
Israel convicted Issawi of shooting at an Israeli bus in 2002. He was set free in 2011 along with over 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the release by Islamist militants of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Gaza.
In July 2012, Issawi was re-arrested after Israel said he violated the terms of his release by crossing from East Jerusalem to the West Bank. He was ordered back to prison until 2029, his original release date.
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