Israel has released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, the second and final phase of a swap with Gaza Hamas militants that brought home an Israeli soldier after five years in captivity.
Israel plans to release 550 Palestinian prisoners in 2nd stage of deal with Hamas that brought home Gilad Shalit.
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas
has called on Israel to release more prisoners, over and above
the more than 1,000 being freed in exchange for Israeli
soldier Gilad Shalit.
Fifteen Palestinian prisoners released
as part of a swap deal that saw Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit
freed from five years of Hamas captivity arrived in the Qatari
Israel began releasing 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in two stages in exchange for the handover of soldier Gilad Shalit.
The Islamist group Hamas has said it treated Shalit well during his captivity.
After being released from Hamas captivity, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit expressed hope that there won`t be any more wars with Palestine.
Israel`s abducted soldier Gilad Shalit`s five year ordeal under captivity came to an end as his captors handed him over to Egyptian authorities.
Israel posted a list of all 477 prisoners due to go free in the first stage of the deal.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has offered its services as a neutral intermediary.
The prisoner swap will free soldier Gilad Shalit after 5 years in captivity in return for release of 1,000 Palestinians.
The prisoner exchange proposal was made by German mediators to Israel and Hamas in February.
Israeli PM is ready to exchange 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit.
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas in 2006.
Palestinian outfit Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has claimed to have foiled a secret attempt by Israeli authorities to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.
In a confidence building measure, a French medical crew comprising four doctors entered the Gaza Strip last week and examined Israel`s abducted soldier, Gilad Shalit.
Israel would likely release 980 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas more than three years ago, the State Prosecution said.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Sunday there has been "progress" in talks to free soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip for the past three years.
Egypt`s Foreign Minister urged Israel on Friday to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier captured in 2006.
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