Palestinian prisoners enter Gaza 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
PA President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to build houses for the Palestinian
prisoners who were released in the Gilad Schalit exchange deal between Israel
The new housing project will be funded by the Palestinian
Investment Fund, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
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The fund was
established in 2003 as an independent investment company with the aim of
strengthening the Palestinian economy through key investments.
announcement came during a meeting between Abbas and some of the released
prisoners in his office in Ramallah on Saturday.
Earlier, Abbas decided
to award the prisoners financial grants of several thousand dollars for each
The prisoners will receive up to $5,000 from the PA and $2,000
from the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.
During the meeting with the
prisoners, Abbas said that the issue of the prisoners was at the top of the PA’s
list of priorities. He said that PA negotiators raise the issue in all meetings
Abbas hailed the prisoners’ “steadfastness in the face of
He also repeated his claim that former prime minister
Ehud Olmert had promised to release Fatahaffiliated prisoners after the release
of Schalit in order to strengthen the PA.