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News, October 2011
Hero's Welcome to Freed Palestinian Political Prisoners in Jerusalem, Nablus, Ramallah, and Gaza
October 19, 2011
Freed captives arrive to Gaza and Ramallah
[ 18/10/2011 - 10:33 AM ]
GAZA, RAMALLAH (PIC)--
Hundreds of freed captives arrived at noon Tuesday into the Gaza Strip as the implementation of the first phase of the prisoner exchange deal reaches the final stage.
PIC correspondent said that coaches carrying the captives crossed the border amidst a huge popular and official reception headed by the Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya, his ministers and faction leaders.
A guard of honour performed in honour of the freed captives.
Two hundred and ninety six freed captives were due to enter the Gaza Strip, 131 of them from the Gaza Strip and 163 from the West Bank who were freed on condition of being exiled to the Gaza Strip for varying periods.
Meanwhile a round a Hundred and thirty freed captives arrived Tuesday afternoon to the Muqataa in Ramallah.
They were received by PA President Mahmoud Abbas and leaders of Hamas in the West Bank.
Meanwhile, the Israeli authorities announced that Gilad Shalit is on his way to Tel Nov military base to the south of Tel Aviv.
550 Palestinian captives are also due for release in two months according to the exchange deal.
Thousands greet freed captives in Nablus
[ 19/10/2011 - 10:38 AM ]
NABLUS, (PIC) Thousands of Palestinians gathered in Nablus to receive freed captives from Israeli occupation jails and who returned to the Nablus district.
The freed captives were accompanied on their way from Ramallah to Nablus by Islamic MPs, Minister of Education in the National Unity Government, Dr. Naser al-Shaer, a number of Hamas leaders and activists as well as members of their families.
Thousands gathered outside the protest tent, which was setup to support captives on hunger strike in Israeli jails, at the Shuhada' Square waiting for the arrival of the freed captives.
Tahsin al-Shakhshir, who is affiliated with Hamas and who was serving a life sentence of which he served 19, arrived and the crowd started to chant in support of Palestinian resistance and the Qassam Brigades, Popular Resistance Committees, Mishaal and Haneyya as they raised green banners.
The freed captives delivered short speeches through which they sent messages of thanks to all Palestinian resistance factions, particularly those who played a role in getting them released and stressed that the day was a day of celebration for all Palestinians.
With joy and tears Jerusalem received the freed captives
[ 19/10/2011 - 05:42 PM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
With the Palestinian flag and the green flags of Hamas Palestinians living in Jerusalem received the captives who were freed from occupation jails on Tuesday, in the prisoner exchange deal between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation.
As soon as the news of the release of the captives were made, the minarets of the Aqsa Mosque and other mosques in the holy city sounded with chants of Allahu Akbar to rejoice at the captives' freedom.
The families of the two female captives Sana’ Shehada and Ibtisam al-Isawi held a reception party which lasted till the morning. The mother of Shehada said it was the happiest day in her life.
Forty six Jerusalem residents were freed from occupation captivity according to the deal, 17 of them were exiled to Gaza, and 13 abroad, while 16 of them returned to Jerusalem.
Families of the freed captives expressed their delight at their release. Amongst those families is the family of blind captive Ala' al-bazian, who insisted in praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque before going home. He expressed delight at his release and hoped that the rest of the captives will be freed soon.
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