- Published on Monday, 17 September 2012 09:28
On Sunday 16th September, the Minister of Prisoner's Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, said that the hunger strike prisoner Samer al-Barq, 38, agreed on his deportation to Egypt, due to his health deterioration.
Reports of doctors of the Israeli Prison Service for Human Rights and the Red Cross, have constantly warned that al-Barq is at immediate risk of death, as he spent 117 days on hunger strike, protesting against his administrative detention, without charge or trial.
Spokesperson of the Prisoners' Society told PNN that the prisoner al-Barq has "verbally" accepted the deportation decision tand that the Society's lawyer, Jawwad Bolus, pursued the deportation procedures.
She continued that the deportation of al-Barq will be executed as soon as the Egyptian authorities agree on the decision.
Qaraqe announced that Egyptian authorities have informed him that Egypt accepts to welcome al-Barq, and that they have started his welcoming preparations. Qaraqe assured that his deportation decision is a violation for the humanitarian international law.
Qaraqe revealed that the Palestinian Authority refuses the deportation policy and bares Israel full responsibility for such dangerous violations.
The prisoner's father said that his son agreed on the deportation after his health deteriorated and lost his ability to move, he said that Samer also agreed after Israeli authorities put pressure on him to accept the deportation decision.
He also added that several Arab and Islamic countries have refused to welcome his son, except of Egypt, "We wished that Samer returns to his house and family, but we are more concerned about his life." Said Qaraqe, "What matters now is that Samer will become a free person and his life would be saved."