Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap deal to start Tuesday
deal between Israel and Hamas on the exchange of over 1,000 jailed
Palestinians for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will begin Tuesday.This
was announced by a spokesman for the militant group Committees of
Moscow: Israel has published the names of 477 jailed Palestinians who are
to be released in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad
Shalit, the BBC reported Sunday.
The Palestinian prisoners are set to be freed Tuesday as the first
phase of the deal. A further 550 prisoners are to be released
after Sgt Shalit returns home, BBC said.
Shalit, a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, was captured in
June 2006, aged 19, by Palestinian militants in a raid near the
The deal to release him was announced last Tuesday, after years of
on-off negotiations, BBC said.
The list of 450 male and 27 women prisoners included in the first
phase of the deal was released publicly Sunday.
Israelis who object to the swap have 48 hours to appeal to
Israel's highest court to intervene, before the Palestinian
prisoners are freed, BBC said.
However, the court is unlikely to stop the deal, which enjoys
broad public support.