|Al Hayat: Israel, Hamas exchange prisoners|
|Sunday, 08 February 2009|
Israel has agreed to release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for
Gilad Shalit, a soldier that the Hamas militant group has been holding
since 2006, according to a report by pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat
It said that as Turkish officials engaged in mediation between Hamas and Israel recently, the upcoming swap, expected on Tuesday, will include the release of prisoners accused of murdering Israelis.
Israel will free about 1,000 Palestinians, including 25 who are sentenced to life imprisonment or spent many years in custody, the report added.
In addition, women, children, old prisoners and the jailed leaders of different Palestinian factions would be freed under the swap, according to the report.
Israel agreed to release Marwan al-Barghouthi, a senior official from Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, but still rejected Hamas' demand to free Ahmed Sa'dat, secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, it said.
Egypt has been mediating between Hamas and Israel to broker such a deal, but the two sides' stiffness and the deteriorating ties between Egypt and the Islamic movement negatively reflected on the Egyptian efforts.
Meanwhile, CNN Turk reported that Turkish officials will meet Hamas leaders in Syria to continue talks on the possible release of Shalit as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the issue reached a sensitive phase.
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