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Hamas’s deal is the only hope for liberating prisoners

20 June 2016 11:27

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Head of the Palestinian Prisoner Society, Qadoura Fares, said that the only hope left for the liberation of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails is a new swap deal between Hamas Movement and Israel.

In a statement to Quds Press, Fares condemned the arrest of the ex-detainees of the latest swap deal. The Egyptian side has contacted Israel for the release of the 70 ex-detainees who were released within soldier Shalit’s prisoner exchange deal but in vein, he said.

Fares asked the Egyptian authorities to intensify contacts with Israel for the release of the ex-detainees who were released after Shalit’s deal, which was brokered by Egypt.

Israel released 1,027 Palestinian captives in October, 2011 in return for the release of soldier Gilad Shalit who was captured by Hamas Movement in Gaza. Israeli forces, however, re-arrested many of the released prisoners within the deal which is known as Wafa al-Ahrar.

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