Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel will release 104 Palestinian prisoners who were jailed before the Oslo Accords were signed, including Arab-Israelis and residents of east Jerusalem. Abbas' statement was given during a meeting in his office with Prisoners Affairs Minister Issa Karaka.
According to him, the release will be made in four stages, and no prisoner will be deported from his homeland. Abbas added that prisoners' release will improve the chances to reach a peace deal with Israel. (Elior Levy)