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Schalit deal: 450 prisoners to be released in 1st stage

In the first stage of the prisoner exchange deal to free captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, 450 prisoners will be released.

In the first stage of the prisoner exchange deal to free captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, 450 prisoners will be released.
Of those, Israel agreed to release 96 prisoners to the West Bank and 14 to east Jerusalem. Another 203 from the West Bank will be deported to Gaza and 40 will be sent abroad. Further, 131 prisoners from Gaza will be released back to Gaza. Of the 110 prisoners being released to the West Bank and east Jerusalem, half will have limited freedom of movement. Some will not be able to travel abroad, or leave their home cities. Only 55 of those 110 prisoners are Hamas operatives.
Six Israeli Arabs will be released to their homes.
If the deal is approved, a full list of the prisoners set to be released in the deal will be released to the public 48 hours before the exchange takes place.
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