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Hamas Says Presented Clear Road Map for Prisoner Swap Deal with Zionist Occupation

Palestinian Resistance movement Hamas has presented mediators with a clear road map for a prisoner exchange agreement with the Zionist entity, Zaher Jabarin, a member of group’s political bureau, said on Tuesday.

Jabarin said Hamas leadership and its armed wing “pay special attention to the prisoners’ issue, especially those serving lengthy sentences.”

He said Hamas was also insisting on the release of all ex-prisoners who were re-arrested after being freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal.

The 2011 deal, brokered by German and Egyptian mediators, saw the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in return for captured occupation soldier Shalit, who was being held in the Gaza Strip.

“Freeing the prisoners of the last swap deal who were re-arrested will be a condition for the completion of any upcoming deal,” Jabarin said in a statement.

“The occupation tries to obtain information about its soldiers without paying any price.”

He said that the Zionist occupation tried to link the issue of the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip with a prisoner exchange.

“Hamas and the Resistance leadership categorically rejected it and informed all mediators of the impossibility of linking the two files,” he added.

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