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Shalit video deal: Red Cross visits prisoners slated for release

Two delegates from international relief organization meet with female prisoners to be released in exchange for video of Hamas-held soldier

Two Red Cross representatives arrived at the Hasharon Prison Thursday, to interview the 19 female Palestinian prisoners scheduled to be released in exchange for a proof of life video of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.


Marc Linning, who oversees the Red Cross division charged with the welfare of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, told Ynet that the visit is expected to last about two hours and is meant to ensure that none of the women fear persecution upon returning to their homes.


The Red Cross, he added, must ensure that they do not fear for their safety and that they return to their townships of their own accord. Released prisoners, he said, "Sometimes experience harsher things outside of prison."


Lining further said that the Red Cross will monitor the women's reintegration in society, and if need be, provide them with the necessary documentation proving they were in an Israeli prison.


When asked why no Red Cross delegate has been to see Gilad Shalit, Lining said that the situation of the Hamas-held solider was "entirely different."


Lining welcomed the imminent deal and said his organization would continue to do everything in its power to ensure Shalit is treated properly. 


פרסום ראשון: 10.01.09, 10:18
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