Gaza families visit jailed relatives in Israel

By REUTERS
July 16, 2012 11:51

 
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Israel on Monday allowed Palestinian families from the Gaza Strip to visit their jailed relatives for the first time in five years, Israeli officials said, under a deal that ended a prisoners' hunger strike.

"Forty people - families of 24 prisoners - arrived a short while ago at the Ramon prison," a Prisons Service spokeswoman said, adding that visits from Gaza relatives would now be held on a weekly basis.

Israel imposed sanctions on family visits from Gaza in 2007 after Palestinians abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit and held him captive. He was freed last October in exchange for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

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