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Palestinian prisoners released as part of Shalit deal Photo: Reuters
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Israel allows return of 18 Shalit deal prisoners to West Bank

One year after deal that brought IDF soldier back from Hamas captivity, clause stating that 18 prisoners be allowed back into West Bank goes into effect

Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun
Published: 10.15.12, 17:52 / Israel News

Israel 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.


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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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