Convoys of buses carrying 505 prisoners being released as part of the second stage of the deal that saw Gilad Schalit released two months ago was set to leave the Ayalon Prison at 7 p.m. Sunday. Prisoners have been moved to the prison in recent days ahead of the deal.
The majority of the prisoners (505) were being brought to the Beituniya Crossing for release in the West Bank. Forty-one prisoners were being brought to the Kerem Shalom Crossing for release into the Gaza Strip. Two prisoners were to be released to Jordan via the Allenby Crossing and another two from east Jerusalem will be released at the Atarot IDF base.
The prisoners were set to be released at 8 p.m.