Israeli ‘spy’ released from Egyptian prison after 15 years

Jerusalem, Dec 10 (IANS) Egypt has released a man after he spent 15 years in prison on charges of spying for Israel, a statement by Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday.

Ouda Tarabin, a citizen of Israel’s Bedouin minority, was released after he finished his sentence. He arrived in Israel at noon on Thursday, reported Xinhua.

Tarabin was caught after he illegally crossed the border in 2000. He was 19 at the time, and a resident of an unrecognized village, one of the dozens of Bedouin villages in the southern Negev Desert. Israel does not recognises the existence of the location.

In 2013, he went on a hunger strike, demanding Israel to put pressure on Egypt to free him.

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