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As part of peace talks, Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners, most jailed for more than 20 years.
Last updated: 31 Dec 2013 11:23
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Occupied West Bank - Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners received a hero's welcome after being freed from Israeli jails, some after more than two decades behind bars. In Israel, however, the release was met with anger. 

It was the third of four stages to free 104 inmates that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed to let go when Middle East peace talks were renewed in July. The prisoners had been convicted of killing Israeli civilians or soldiers and spent between 19 and 28 years in prison.

The 26 inmates were jailed before the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords, which formally launched the Middle East peace process.

They include 18 men from the West Bank, three Gazans,  and five men from East Jerusalem.

At his headquarters in Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waited to meet the men. Speaking before thousands, he pledged to continue pressing for the release of long-serving and ill prisoners.

"We will not sign a final peace deal with Israel before all the prisoners are released," he said.

The US welcomed the move with Secretary of State John Kerry expressing "his appreciation for Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to release the third tranche of prisoners," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

The release was expected to be followed by announcements of new construction plans for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.


/Tali Mayer/Al Jazeera

After departing on buses from Israeli jails overnight, the prisoners received a hero's welcome in the occupied West Bank and Gaza with officials and relatives lining up to greet them.

/Tali Mayer/Al Jazeera

In East Jerusalem, the family of Abu Naser Dahadgn wait for his release.

/Tali Mayer/Al Jazeera

The 26 inmates were jailed before the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords, which formally launched the Middle East peace process.

/Tali Mayer/Al Jazeera

A total of 104 Palestinian prisoners, all jailed before the start of the Oslo peace talks 20 years ago, are supposed to be released over the next five months.

/Tali Mayer/Al Jazeera

Mahmoud Daajneh, a prisoner for more than 20 years, was reunited with his family in East Jerusalem upon his release.

/Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera
Ramallah residents gather for the prisoner releases.
/Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Friends and family members of the 26 Palestinian prisoners celebrated in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

/Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

In Israel, the release was met with anger. Relatives of Israelis killed in attacks had attempted to prevent the release by petitioning Israel's Supreme Court.

/Ahmad Al-Bazz/Al Jazeera
Relatives of Ibrahim Taqtoq sit in his house in Nablus during the preparation for his arrival after more than 24 years in prison.
/Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Freed prisoner Rushdie Saeed al-Tamimi is greeted by a cheering crowd.

/Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera
The release was expected to be followed by announcements of new construction plans for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
/Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera
Freed Palestinian prisoners are greeted as they arrive at the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early hours on December 31.
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In East Jerusalem, the family of Abu Naser Dahadgn wait for his release.

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The 26 inmates were jailed before the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords, which formally launched the Middle East peace process.

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A total of 104 Palestinian prisoners, all jailed before the start of the Oslo peace talks 20 years ago, are supposed to be released over the next five months.

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Mahmoud Daajneh, a prisoner for more than 20 years, was reunited with his family in East Jerusalem upon his release.

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Friends and family members of the 26 Palestinian prisoners celebrated in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Freed prisoner Rushdie Saeed al-Tamimi is greeted by a cheering crowd.

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After departing on buses from Israeli jails overnight, the prisoners received a hero's welcomes upon their welcome to the occupied West Bank and Gaza with officials and relatives lining up to greet them.

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After departing on buses from Israeli jails overnight, the prisoners received a hero's welcomes upon their welcome to the occupied West Bank and Gaza with officials and relatives lining up to greet them.

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In East Jerusalem, the family of Abu Naser Dahadgnwait for his release.

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In East Jerusalem, the family of Abu Naser Dahadgnwait for his release.

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The 26 inmates were jailed before the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords, which formally launched the Middle East peace process.

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The 26 inmates were jailed before the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords, which formally launched the Middle East peace process.

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A total of 104 Palestinian prisoners, all jailed before the start of the Oslo Peace Talks 20 years ago, are eventually supposed to be released over the next five months.

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A total of 104 Palestinian prisoners, all jailed before the start of the Oslo Peace Talks 20 years ago, are eventually supposed to be released over the next five months.

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Mahmoud Daajneh, a prisoner of over 20 years, reunites with his family in East Jerusalem upon release.

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Mahmoud Daajneh, a prisoner of over 20 years, reunites with his family in East Jerusalem upon release.

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Ramallah residents gather for the prisoner releases.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Palestinian_prisoner_release_Dec_31/slideshow/no-caption/714859bf683109fa828a33f69de7d48aOren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Ramallah residents gather for the prisoner releases.

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Friends and family members of the 26 Palestinian prisoners who are expected to be released on the early hours of December 31, 2013 celebrate their imminent release from Israeli jail in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Friends and family members of the 26 Palestinian prisoners who are expected to be released on the early hours of December 31, 2013 celebrate their imminent release from Israeli jail in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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In Israel, though, the release was met with anger. Relatives of Israelis killed in attacks had attempted to prevent the release by petitioning Israel's Supreme Court.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Palestinian_prisoner_release_Dec_31/slideshow/no-caption/f207dcb796b0bcfd809dd7dfd89d5f49Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

In Israel, though, the release was met with anger. Relatives of Israelis killed in attacks had attempted to prevent the release by petitioning Israel's Supreme Court.

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Relatives of Ibrahim Taqtoq sit in his house in Nablus during the preparation for his arrival after more than 24 years in prison.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Palestinian_prisoner_release_Dec_31/slideshow/no-caption/6401c0707a4c33194406f13eb9a89d07Ahmad Al-Bazz/Al Jazeera

Relatives of Ibrahim Taqtoq sit in his house in Nablus during the preparation for his arrival after more than 24 years in prison.

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Prisoner Rushdie Saeed al-Tamimi is greeted with a cheering crowd.

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Prisoner Rushdie Saeed al-Tamimi is greeted with a cheering crowd.

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The release was expected to be followed by announcements of new construction plans for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Palestinian_prisoner_release_Dec_31/slideshow/no-caption/1f82df8c88a64e8db34cb848d0634f97Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

The release was expected to be followed by announcements of new construction plans for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Palestinian_prisoner_release_Dec_31/slideshow/no-caption/0eb45274de12bb112511d2a205961cc1

Freed Palestinian prisoners are greeted as they arrive at the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early hours on December 31.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Palestinian_prisoner_release_Dec_31/slideshow/no-caption/0eb45274de12bb112511d2a205961cc1Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Freed Palestinian prisoners are greeted as they arrive at the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early hours on December 31.



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