Would-be suicide-bomber added to list of Palestinian women to be freed

Would-be suicide-bomber

Israel will add a would-be suicide bomber to the list of 20 Palestinian female prisoners who will be released on Friday in exchange for a videotape featuring Gilad Schalit, following an objection from Hamas. Hamas said one of the prisoners released this week, 15-year-old Bra'a al-Malaki of the West Bank, who tried to stab a soldier at a checkpoint in 2008, appeared on the original list of women to be released in the deal, despite having served out her prison sentence. Al-Malaki was released on Wednesday. As a result, Israel added 32-year-old Ruda Ibrahim Yunes Habib, of Gaza, convicted of attempting to infiltrate Israel from the Strip on a suicide bomb mission, to the list. Habib, a mother of four, was arrested on May 20, 2007, at the Erez crossing on the Israel-Gaza border together with her 39-year-old cousin Fatma Zek, following intelligence from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). The Shin Bet learned that Habib and Zek planned to meet a terrorist operative from Ramallah inside Israel who, according to the plan, would provide them with suicide bomb belts. Zek, a mother of nine, will also be released on Friday, together with her two-year-old son who was born in prison. In an interview with Maariv, Zek expressed surprise that she appeared on the list of prisoners who will walk away from jail. Earlier on Thursday, Red Cross officials arrived at the Sharon prison to meet with the Palestinian prisoners who will be set free on Friday. The officials said they met with the women in order to see whether they had "any special requests or fears ahead of their release." The officials added they were asked to make the visit by Israeli authorities.