Israel to Release Palestinian Prisoners

(Ha'aretz) Aluf Benn and Arnon Regular - Israel is expected to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners as part of a package of goodwill gestures designed to help strengthen the new Palestinian leadership, Israeli officials have said. After a meeting Wednesday between Sharon and Abbas aides, Palestinian security sources said Abbas had relayed instructions to prepare for taking over security responsibility for cities in the West Bank. Israel expects the PA to remove hundreds of wanted men from terror activity, disarming them, and keeping them under its control. The Palestinians are planning to co-opt the armed men into the PA security forces.

2005-01-27 00:00:00

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