Israel frees Palestinian prisoners

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epa03823878 Palestinian people greet and celebrate freed Palestinian prisoners who arrive in a bus at the Erez crossing, between Israel and Gaza in the Northern Gaza Strip, 14 August 2013. Israel released 26 long-held Palestinian prisoners in a planned goodwill gesture hours ahead of a scheduled round of peace talks in Jerusalem. EPA/ALI ALI

Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on August 14, hours before the two sides were to hold new direct peace talks amid a growing row over settlements. A group of 15 crossed into the Gaza Strip at about 1:40 am (2240 GMT) and were mobbed by relatives as they got out of a bus next to the border. At about the same time another 11 prisoners arrived in the West Bank city of Ramallah to a welcome from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and thousands of cheering, dancing supporters. The 26 were the first batch of some 104 long-term detainees who are to be freed in stages as part of a US-brokered deal which brought Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table on July 30 for the first time in nearly three years.

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