Israel announces names of 26 Palestinians to be freed in third stage of prisoner releases

Israeli released the names of 26 Palestinian prisoners late Saturday, in advance of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s return to the region later this week to advance the peace process.
A ministerial committee was expected to meet either very late Saturday night or on Sunday to decide on the names for what will be the third release out of four, by which 104 Palestinians will be freed from Israeli jails over the nine month negotiating period that ends in April. Fifty-two Palestinians prisoners were freed in two past releases.