The Prisons Service released 200 Palestinian security prisoners - including senior Hamas terrorist Sheikh Hassan Yousef - and 500 Israeli convicts on Thursday, as part of a routine procedure for inmates who are close to completing their sentences.
Sheikh Yousef was jailed for six years for involvement terrorism activities, and is the father of Mosab Hassan Yousef, who acted as a Shin Bet undercover agent and authored the book 'Son of Hamas.'
Sources in the Prisons Service dismissed reports that Yousef was released as gesture for the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, stressing that the move was part of a standard practice of creating space for incoming inmates.
Yousef's administrative release date was set for mid-June, but he had not been released until today because the Knesset Interior Affairs Committee had not set a new number until this week.
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