As Israel began to release Palestinian prisoners, Turkey said it had not yet approved the absorption of a number of Palestinian inmates who were being freed on Tuesday as part of an exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported Tuesday.
The decision to take in the Palestinian inmates, some of whom may carry life sentences, awaits the approval of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Despite senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Mazrouk's statement that a small group of inmates would be released in Syria, Turkey, and Qatar, Turkish diplomats told Hurriyet that Ankara has agreed to host the prisoners.
According to the report, it was still unclear what the legal status of the prisoners would be upon their release, and whether they would have freedom of movement.
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