A Palestinian government official in Gaza said on Saturday that Israel has released three local residents it captured during Operation Protective Edge.

During the operation, Israel took 26 Palestinians captive. The three men have been identified as Ahmed Mohammed Abu Lahiya, from Khan Yunis; Abdel Qadr Farikh Shalluf; and Nafez Khassin Shalluf, both from Rafah.

An official with the Palestinian prisoners' department said it was monitoring the situation of the 26 Palestinians who are currently jailed in Ashkelon. The official said that on Thursday, a lawyer representing the department met with 12 of the detainees.

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