Hamas released 35 imprisoned Fatah members on Sunday as a goodwill gesture to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and bolster Egyptian-mediated reconciliation efforts, Hamas spokesman Ehab el-Ghsain told Reuters.
Mohammed al-Qidwa, who was the governor of Gaza before the Hamas takeover in June 2007, was among those released.
"Political arrests in all Palestinian Authority areas must end," Qidwa told Reuters after he left prison.
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