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Statement on the release of prisoners

The Government authorized the release of 26 additional Palestinian prisoners who perpetrated offenses prior to the Oslo accords and have served sentences of 19-28 years.

In the wake of the Government's 28 July 2013 decision to resume the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and authorize a ministerial team on the release of prisoners during the negotiations, the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners was authorized on the eve of 28 December 2013.

All of the released prisoners perpetrated offenses prior to the Oslo accords and have served sentences of 19-28 years. The list of prisoners (in Hebrew) will be published tonight on the Prison Service website. The release of the prisoners will be carried out at least 48 hours after the list is published. At the discussion, it was emphasized that if any of those to be released resume hostile activity they will be returned to serve the remainder of their sentences.

ENDS

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