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550 prisoners to be released in 2nd stage of Schalit deal

The second stage of the prisoner-exchange brokered with Hamas to release kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit was set to proceed at 8 p.m. Sunday.
With the exception of two female prisoners, the 550 prisoners scheduled for release on Sunday do not include Hamas or Islamic Jihad members, and none of the prisoners on the list were directly involved in any attacks that resulted in death or injury. Four hundred of the prisoners on the list have served two-thirds of their sentences.
Most belong to Fatah. They were held for offenses as minor as stone-throwing or as serious as attempts to kill Israelis.
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