Israel expels French-Palestinian lawyer on security grounds

Salah Hamouri, 26, one of the 550 Palestinian prisoners freed to complete a deal in which Israel released 1,027 prisoners for soldier Gilad Shalit who was held captive in the Gaza Strip for over five years, shows his French passport during an interview with Reuters in the West Bank neighbourhood of Dahiyet al-Barid, on the outskirts of Jerusalem December 19, 2011.

Israel deported French-Palestinian human rights lawyer Salah Hamouri on Sunday after accusing him of security offenses, Reuters reported, citing the Israeli Interior Ministry.

Hamouri was escorted to the airport where he boarded a flight to France, the ministry said in a statement.