Israel is set to free 26 Palestinian prisoners at the start next week, in the third of four staggered waves that will ultimately release a total of 104 Palestinians jailed in Israel since before the 1994 Oslo Accords.
The third release will likely happen after midnight on Sunday. As with the previous two releases, the names of those set to go free will be published by the Israel Prisons Service 48 hours in advance, giving the families of those killed by the terrorists or others a chance to petition against the release.
The releases are a confidence-building gesture agreed upon by Israel ahead of the current negotiations with the Palestinians, which were set in motion by the US during the summer after a break of two years.
The list of the next prisoners to go free likely includes Jamal Khaled Ibrahim Abu Mukhsan, jailed in 1991 for stabbing 76-year-old Shlomo Yehiyeh to death in the town of Kadima; Ahmed Awad Ali Camil from Jenin, a Black Panther cell leader imprisoned in 1994 for the murders of five Israelis and 50 Palestinians; and Salim Suleiman Mohammed and Adam Ibrahim Juma'a, jailed in 1988 for throwing Molotov cocktails at a bus near Jericho, killing and IDF soldier and an Israeli woman and her three children.
Attila Somfalvi contributed to this report