Israel will release 550 Fatah prisoners as part of the deal with Hamas to secure the freedom of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, AFP reported on Friday, citing an Egyptian diplomat.
A total of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners will be released in the deal, in two stages. In the first stage, 450 prisoners will be released. Schalit will then be sent to Israel, and another 550 prisoners will be released two months later.
AFP quoted the diplomat as saying Egypt persuaded Israel that the second batch of prisoners to be released in two months time will all be from Fatah.