Israel frees Palestinian prisoners

Dozens of Palestinians from the list of 256 prisoners leave for West Bank.

    Israel's decision is seen as a move to shore up Abbas's administration against rival Hamas [Reuters] 

    The others are from smaller groups such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP].
     
    Among those to be released is Abdel Rahim Malouh, second-in-command of the PFLP, which carried out the assassination of Rehavam Zeevi, an Israeli cabinet minister, in 2001.
     
    None of the prisoners being freed on Friday was directly involved in attacks on Israelis, according to Israeli officials.

    Possible mediator

    Malouh, 61, was arrested in 2003 and is said to be ill.

    A member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's executive committee, he is considered close to Abbas and could serve as a mediator with Hamas.

    Israel continues to hold about 10,500 Palestinian prisoners.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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