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Israel to free next 26 Palestinian prisoners under deal
BBC ^ | 27 October 2013 Last updated at 20:26 ET | BBC

Posted on 10/28/2013 6:39:13 AM PDT by haffast

The Israeli government has approved the release of another 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered deal for the resumption of peace talks.

They will be the second round of prisoners to be freed since August.

A statement from the Israeli prime minister's office said the inmates had all been jailed for violence committed before the 1993 Oslo accords.

Israeli and Palestinian representatives began direct talks in Jerusalem in August after a three-year hiatus.

As part of the process, Israel has agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners. Behind bars

The names of the latest group of detainees set for released were published on the Israel Prisons Service website on Sunday.

Officials say the release will take place at least 48 hours after the publication of the list, during which time Israelis will have the opportunity to submit legal challenges against the decision.

The statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the inmates due to be freed had spent between 19 and 28 years behind bars.

The 26 Palestinian inmates previously released by Israel were taken by bus in the early hours of 14 August to the Beitunia checkpoint in the West Bank and the Erez crossing with Gaza.

Correspondents said they were mobbed by relatives, friends and well-wishers, who see them as heroes of the Palestinian cause.

The release of the remaining prisoners is expected to take place in four tranches over a period of nine months, depending on progress in the talks.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: israel; palestine; peaceandsecurity; peacetalks

1 posted on 10/28/2013 6:39:13 AM PDT by haffast
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I would really, really like to know what the Israelis think they have gotten for releasing this scum.

This is a good example of why soldiers should never, EVER take these people prisoner.

2 posted on 10/28/2013 7:06:24 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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I'm a firm believer in releasing terrorists, one piece at a time
3 posted on 10/28/2013 10:48:13 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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