Hamas on Wednesday announced that Egypt will oversee the the release of 550 Palestinian prisoners as part of the second phase of the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange deal.
Abu Ubaida, spokesman for Hamas's armed wing, Izzadin al-Kassam said Egypt indicated that it will play a mediation role to ensure the implementation of the second phase of the deal which saw 477 prisoners released on Tuesday as part of the first phase. Egypt will ensure Hamas' conditions are met, he added.
The Hamas spokesman said that the list of prisoners to be released would not include people who were arrested on non-security charges. He also stressed that priority would be given to the sick and elderly prisoners.