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Palestinians await new prisoner exchange deal

last update : 24/10/2019 - 05:31 PM ( Since 2 weeks )

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Gaza, (Alresala.ps)--Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are waiting the time for a new prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel after eight years of the release of 1055 prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was captured by Palestinian resistance groups.

The deal was carried out in three phases; the first in September 2010, when 20 Palestinian women prisoners were freed in exchange for a two-minute video of Shalit.

The second phase was the largest, which was carried out on October 18, 2011 in which 477 prisoners were freed. In the last phase 550 prisoners were freed in December of the same year, 505 went to the occupied West Bank and 41 released to the Gaza Strip.

Currently, the Palestinian resistance hold a number of prisoners, including Hadar Goldin, and Shaul Arun, who were captured in eastern Gaza in 2014, as well as the Ethiopian origin Abraham Mengistu and Hisham El Sayed.

Hamas insists upon the condition that no negotiations will be held until the prisoners released in the previous deal who were re-arrested by Israel in the West Bank are released yet again, while several mediators intervened during the past years without any tangible progress in this file.

The former minister of prisoners Wasfi Qabha, an ex-prisoner and was released in the previous deal, said that the prisoners held in prisons are in urgent need of a new deal to end their suffering, and put an end for the injustice and brutal acts against them.

Qabha told Alresalah.net that the more restrictions on the prisoners in the Israeli jails, the more hope they have for the deal that will end their suffering.

Sharhabeel al-Ghareeb, a political analyst, told "Alresalah.net" that we will witness a new deal if Israel agreed to fulfill the Resistance conditions, especially the release of all ex-prisoners in Wafaa al-Ahrar deal, who were re-arrested in 2014.

He pointed out that there are no indications, so far, that a new deal is close to be signed, indicating that this depends on the ability of mediators to oblige Israel to pay the price.

 

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