Report: Abbas says freeing Palestinian prisoners 'priority'

"The Palestinian leadership gives priority to the prisoners issue and ending their suffering," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday.
In a speech to a meeting of his Fatah party in Ramallah as thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank lined the streets for the funeral of Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh who died of cancer on Wednesday in an Israeli hospital. Abbas accused the Israeli government of not caring about the detainees, AFP reported.
"But the Israeli government, in its arrogance, doesn't care" about the detainees, Abbas stated.
"We cannot be silent about their staying behind bars... [we] have demanded the freeing of all prisoners, especially those arrested before the Oslo accords, and sick, child and women prisoners," AFP quoted him as saying.
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