Egyptian FM calls on Israel to free Palestinian prisoners

May 10, 2012 17:01
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said Egypt is seeking the release of Palestinian women and children prisoners who have been detained by Israel on security charges without receiving a formal trial, Egypt's official Al-Ahram newspaper reported Thursday.

"Egypt is continuing its intervention in order to move the Israel side to improve the situation of Palestinians in Israeli jails, particularly those... on hunger strike who are risking their lives for the sake of receiving fair and decent treatment," Amr said during a two day conference of foreign ministers in the Sinai resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.

The conference, which focused on the Palestinian issue, was hosted by Egypt and organized by the Non-Aligned Movement, which is a group of states that are not aligned with any major power block.

Amr touted Egypt's record of brokering deals with Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, including the agreement Israel signed with Hamas that released Gilad Schalit in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

Egypt also worked "successfully" for the release of Khader Adnan and Hana Shalabi, who were released after going on hunger strike to protest their detainment under administrative detention, Amr said, calling for increased international pressure on Israel to improve its treatment of Palestinian prisoners.

More than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners are currently on hunger strike over that Israeli legal practice, which allows the IDF to detain Palestinian it deems a security threat without allowing them a formal trial.

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