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Palestinian prisoners to be released

THE WORLD : World Briefing / ISRAEL

August 18, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Israel's Cabinet approved the release of about 200 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had said he would free some Palestinians held by Israel to help energize peace talks.

A statement said the move was intended "to demonstrate that the release of prisoners can be achieved through talks and not through violence and the kidnapping of soldiers."

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