42 Exiled Freed Palestinian Political Prisoners
Arrive in Qatar, Syria, Turkey and Jordan
Wednesday October 19, 2011 06:32 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
All 42 freed Palestinian political prisoners, who were forced into
exile as part of the Shalit swap deal Between Hamas and Israel, arrived
in Syria, Qatar and Turkey, while the exiled female detainee, Ahlam
Tamimi, was sent to Amman – Jordan.
Israeli daily, Haaretz,
reported that 16 detainees arrived in Syria, 15 in Qatar, 10 in Turkey,
and the only deported female detainee was sent to Jordan. .
Several Syrian ministers and officials, in addition to leaders of
Palestinian factions in Damascus, welcomed the detainees while thousands
of Palestinians and Syrians gathered at the Airport hall waving
Palestinian and Syrian flags, and chanting for the liberation of all
Former detainee, Tamimi, received a warm welcome in
Amman by her relatives, residents, political activists and union
members, who also carried Palestinian flags and signs welcoming her.
A massive crowd headed by several Turkish political leaders also
welcomed the detainees who were sent to Ankara.
Gilad Shalit, arrived back in Israel and was welcomed by Israel's Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, in addition
to several political, military and security leaders.
Tuesday, Israel released 477 Palestinian detainees, as part of the first
phase of the Palestinian-Israeli swap deal which includes the release of
a total of 1027 Palestinian detainees in exchange for the release of
247 of the released detainees will be sent back to their
homes in Gaza, 96 to the West Bank, 14 to Jerusalem, 6, including one
who lives in the Golan Heights, to their towns in the 1948 territories.
Among the 203 exiled detainees, 163 from the West Bank were sent
The second phase of the prisoner-swap deal will include the
release of 550 detainees, and will be implemented in two months.
The former captured soldier, who fell in the hands of the resistance
in Gaza in June 2006, was sent to Egypt before he was handed by the
Egyptian security forces to Israel.
Meanwhile, Israel was angered
by an interview conducted Egyptian anchorwoman, Shahira Amin, with
Shalit after he was released.
Amin told the BBC said she did not
know that “Shalit was forced to conduct the interview”, Israeli Ynet
The Ynet added that initial tests conducted on
Shalit at the Tel Nof Israeli Air Force Base, showed that his health
condition is “better than expected”.
In a Televised speech, Abu
Obaida, spokesperson of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas,
one of three groups that captured Shalit, stated that the resistance
will never rest until it liberates all Palestinian detainees held by
Abu Obaida added that the successful prisoner-swap deal
“proves that the Zionist enemy only understands the language of
resistance”, adding that “the resistance in Gaza managed to humiliate
Israel and its leaders”.
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