Zionist Israel has agreed to release al-Rekhawi 6 months earlier than scheduled meaning he will be re-united with his family in January 2013.
Prisoner rights group Addameer reported that al-Rekhawi, a father of eight children, will be returned to the Gaza Strip. They reported that the 39-year-old suffers from a range of medical conditions including diabetes, asthma, and osteoporosis. He went on hunger strike in April to demand his immediate release on medical grounds. He is currently in a critical condition after being on hunger strike for more than three months.
Rekhawi was detained at an Israeli military checkpoint in June 2004 as he was heading traveling from Gaza City to his home in Rafah.