Hamas has agreed to Israel's demand to expel 123 Palestinian prisoners from the West Bank within the framework of a prison swap, Israel Radio reported on Wednesday, citing an Al-Mustaqbal report.
According to the London-based newspaper, 97 of the prisoners will be expelled to the Gaza Strip, more than 20 of them to Qatar, and six to European countries which would agree to absorb them.
Quoting a source close to the talks, the report stressed that Hamas agreed to the terms of release set by Israel only after ensuring that the prisoners were in agreement.
The paper, which is associated with Lebanon's Western-backed coalition, also reported that Israel still refused to free nine prisoners in exchange for the release of captured IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit. Among them, it said, are Tanzim chief Marwan Bargouti, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLF) secretary-general Ahmed Sa'adat, four senior Hamas military arm figures and three female prisoners.