Palestinians plan hero's welcome for prisoner Israel is set to free

The Palestinians are planning a hero's welcome on Friday for a man being released from Israeli prison after three decades behind bars. Said Atba is among 199 Palestinian prisoners being freed by Israel in a gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Minister Ashraf Ajrami said Israel has told him the release will take place on Friday, though Israel won't confirm the date. Atba has spent 32 years in prison for sending out terror cells into Israel. He is widely considered by Palestinians to be a hero and a symbol of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. Ajrami said there would be a rally for Atba and the other freed prisoners in the West Bank town of Ramallah. He will then receive another hero's welcome in his hometown of Nablus.