550 Palestinian Detainees Released in Second Phase
of Israel-Hamas Swap Deal
550 Palestinian detainees freed on Sunday evening
[ 18/12/2011 - 11:26 PM ]
The Israeli occupation authorities freed on Sunday evening 550
Palestinian detainees in fulfilment of the prisoner exchange deal
between Hamas and the Israeli occupation through which a total of 1050
Palestinian captives were liberated in exchange of Israeli occupation
soldier Gilad Shalit.
Of the 550 liberated captives, 41 are from the Gaza Strip, 2 from
Jordan and 507 from the West Bank and included six female captives.
The Gaza liberated captives arrived through the Karm Abu Salem
crossing to an official and popular welcome. Deputy speaker of the PLC,
Ahmad Bahar, as well as other lawmakers, government officials and
factions leaders were in reception of the liberated captvies.
The West Bank captives were also received by representatives of all
factions, lawmakers and thousands of family members who waited all day
for their arrival.
The Israeli occupation delayed the release of the captives a few
hours to spoil the joy of the families of the liberated captives.
Under 2nd Phase of Swap Deal, Israeli releases 550 Detainees
Monday December 19, 2011 01:17 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
The Israeli occupation apartheid government released on Sunday 550
detainees, including two from Jordan and six Palestinian female
detainees, as part of the second and final phase of the prisoner swap
deal that secured the release on Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
The second phase also included the release of two Jordanian detainees,
and six Palestinian female detainees. The two Jordanian female detainees
were sent to Amman via the Al Karama Bridge.
On October 18,
Israel released 477 detainees, named by the resistance, while the
captured Israel soldier, Gilad Shalit, was handed by the resistance to
Egypt, before he was escorted by Israeli officials back home.
Palestinian sources reported, Sunday, that 41 detainees arrived into the
Gaza Strip via the Rafah Border Terminal. The detainees were moved from
Ayalon Prison in Al Ramla to Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing, in
cooperation with the International Red cross, before they were sent to
Gaza via the Rafah Border Terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.
507 detainees, who were all sent to Ofer Israeli prison, were
released Sunday, and were sent the Palestinian Presidential Headquarters
in Ramallah, via Rafat roadblock where the President’s secretary, Tayyib
Abdul-Rahim, several political leaders of different factions, members
and of the Palestinian Legislative Council and thousands of residents,
gathered to great them.
Abdul-Rahim told the residents that the
issue of the detainees in a top priority for President Abbas and his
government, and that, similar to phase one, Abbas wanted to welcome the
detainees himself, but had to leave the country to due to international
He added that the Palestinian leadership wants to
see every Palestinian detainees freed, with the main focus of the old
detainees, detainees sentenced to high terms, all women and children.
Abdul-Rahim added that the leadership is committed to
implementing the Palestinian Unity Agreement, and thanked Egypt for all
of its efforts.
Head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr.
Aziz Dweik of Hamas, saluted the detainees and stated that every
Palestinian detainee must be released.
In Gaza, Dweik’s Deputy,
Dr. Ahmad Bahar of Hamas, said that Israel must release all detainees,
with no exceptions, adding that should Israel refrain from doing so, “it
will be forced to release them, similar this deal”, referring to the
resistance abducting Israeli soldiers to secure the release of
Palestinian political prisoners.
Bahar thanked the Al Qassam
Brigades of Hamas for “forcing Israel to implement the demands of the
He further stated that representatives of Hamas and
Fateh are holding meetings in Cairo to secure the final details of the
implementation of the unity agreement in order to ensure a united
Palestinian government, and a stance that maintains national interests,
the Right of Return of all refugees, and Jerusalem the capital of the
independent Palestinian State.
In related news, 30 Palestinians,
including women and children, were wounded during clashes that took
place with the soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets
at families of the detainees who gathered near the Ofen Prison.
Abu Obaida: “Resistance Liberated 20% Of The Detainees”
Monday December 19, 2011 01:43 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Abu Obaida, spokesperson of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of
the Hamas movement, stated that the Palestinian resistance managed to
liberate 20% of the detainees imprisoned by Israel, and will remain
committed to securing the release of all detainees.
statements came Sunday after Israel released 550 detainees during the
second and final phase of the prisoner-swap deal that secured the
release of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, in return for the release of
more than 1000 detainees.
The first phase was implemented on
October 18 when the resistance sent Shalit to Egypt and Israel released
477 Palestinian detainees.
“This swap-deal will not be the last,
we will always act in order to secure the release of all detainees”, Abu
Obaida said, “We promised, we fulfilled our promise; we will always
fulfill our promises, the release of the detainees is our top priority,
and the resistance will always work to achieve this goal”.
Obaida further stated that the swap-deal came as an outcome of ongoing
political, security and armed struggle, due to the relentless efforts of
the armed groups, adding that the Al Qassam Brigades was in direct
communication with Egypt to ensure that Israel fulfills all of its
obligations under the Egyptian-mediated swap-deal.
He also stated
that the deal states that Israel must release all female prisoners, yet,
Israel did not release some of them under the claim that they live in
the 1948 territories.
“This is unacceptable to us, we will
continue the talks with Egypt to resolve this issue, and we hold Israel
fully responsible for anything that could happen if it does not release
Abu Obaida thanked the resistance, and saluted the
fighters who were killed while resisting the occupation and during the
attack that led to capturing Shalit in 2006.
The Al-Qassam leader said that “armed resistance groups will always
defend their people, will always act for the liberation of Palestine,
and the release of all detainees”.
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