has agreed to allow the return of 18 prisoners who were released as part of the Shalit exchange deal
back to the West Bank, media outlets affiliated with Hamas reported Monday. Israeli officials have confirmed the details.
A Palestinian source told Ynet that Israel has agreed to the move, but that the identities of the prisoners who will be allowed back are being negotiated and are still unknown.
Despite the official agreement, Palestinian sources said the prisoners fear they might be arrested if they reenter Israeli borders.
As part of the prisoner exchange deal reached between Israel and Hamas,
163 Palestinian prisoners were expelled to the Gaza Strip and 40 more were deported to Turkey, Qatar, Syria
and other countries.
According to the agreement, the prisoners will be gradually allowed back to their homes. The first stage is the return of 18 prisoners back into the West Bank
one year after the deal was completed.
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