Hamas soldier 311 R.
(photo credit: Israel Picture Service/REUTERS)
A website affiliated with Hamas published a list on Thursday which it claims catalogs the first group of Palestinians to be released from Israeli jails in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit.
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Among the prominent prisoners on the list published on the Al-Aksa television station's website are senior Hamas official Yehieh al-Sinwar.
Also on the list of 450 prisoners was Na'el Barghouti, the Palestinian prisoner who has served the most time in prison in Israel. Barghouti has been imprisoned in Israel for more than 30 years.
The oldest Palestinian imprisoned in Israel, 78-year-old Sami Yunis is also slated to be released, according to the list.
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, 280 of whom are serving life sentences.
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.
27 female prisoners will be released as a part of the deal.
Schalit will then be sent to Israel, and another 550 prisoners – including women and minors – will be released.
Jailed terrorists Marwan Barghouti, Abdullah Barghouti, Ibrahim Hamed
and Ahmed Sa'adat will not be released as part of the deal.
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.Yaakov Katz contributed to this report