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Israel to release 26 Palestinian prisoners

Chief Palestinian negotiator says 26 of 104 prisoners will be released in first stage from Israeli jails on August 13.

Last Modified: 04 Aug 2013 09:46
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Israel says the Palestinians will go free in stages, depending on the progress of the newly-resumed talks [Al azeera]

Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, says that Israel will free the first batch of a promised 104 long-serving Palestinian and Palestinian-Israeli prisoners on August 13.

"The release of veteran prisoners will be in four batches as Israel refused to release them all at once," he said in a statement on Sunday.

Israel says that the men will go free in stages depending on progress in newly-resumed talks with the Palestinians.

"It agreed on releasing 26 of the old prisoners on August 13," Erakat said.

According to local media reports, The Palestinian Prisoner Society published a list of prisoners expected to be freed.

The prisoner release was approved by the Israeli cabinet last week to coincide with the talks, revived after a three-year hiatus.

A first meeting took place in Washington earlier in the week,and the Israeli negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, said on Saturday that another session would be held shortly in the Middle East.

"These discussions that began in Washington will resume during the second week of August and will take place in the region," Livni told the private Channel 10 television station.

She said the talks would alternate between Israel and the Palestinian territories, and that the first of 104 prisoners imprisoned by Israel prior to the 1993 Oslo peace accords would be freed before the next round.

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