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Al Aqsa gunman in Nablus
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Israel grants full amnesty to 10 Fatah men

Group of ten pardoned as part of Israel's deal with the Palestinian Authority, 22 more released from prison for probation trial terms

Palestinian sources confirmed on Friday that Israel has granted amnesty to another group of men belonging to Fatah's military wing.


The amnesty extended to the members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades as part of the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is described as an Israeli goodwill gesture to the PA ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday next week.


Ynet has learned that Israel recently handed over a list of 49 wanted men who will be granted amnesty, 22 of them are currently being held in PA prison facilities as part of the agreement. After their release the men will enter a three-month probation period.


A second group of wanted men, who have been detained by the Palestinian Authority, will be released from prison on the condition that they remain within the PA command. They will be restricted to the 'A' territories, but will have free movement within them,


A group of 10 Al-Aqsa members will receive full amnesty, allowing them complete freedom of movement in the Territories and even beyond their borders.


'A positive sign'

A Palestinian security source told Ynet that "the continued implementation of the agreement is a positive

sign. We hope that soon all those wanted will be part of the deal."


In October 2007 Israel and the PA signed an agreement that saw members of the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades who were willing to lay down their arms. The amnesty was granted to men who refrained from terrorist acts and honored an agreement, which commanded them to disarm and spend a probation period living under harsh conditions in Palestinian prisons.


In all some 270 Al-Aqsa men were granted amnesty, among them Zakaria Zubeidi, the organization's prominent Jenin commander.


פרסום ראשון: 09.26.08, 15:19
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