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150 Palestinians to be released

August 07, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

At a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged to free more than 150 Palestinian prisoners, a gesture meant to energize peace talks.

The release could also boost the prestige of the Palestinian leader, whose Fatah movement is engaged in a tense power struggle with the militant Islamic group Hamas.

Olmert has announced that he will resign next month because of corruption investigations, but his term could actually extend into next year.

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