Cabinet approves release of 250 Fatah prisoners

The cabinet approved in principle the release of 250 Fatah security prisoners, but the actual list of names is being revised and will be brought to the ministers for approval at a later date, possibly in a week's time. Olmert made the surprise announcement about the impending Fatah prisoner release at the Sharm e-Sheikh summit last month. He said that the prisoners would be members of Fatah who "did not have blood on their hands," i.e. prisoners who had not personally participated in lethal terrorist attacks.