Israel frees 19 Palestinian women from jail

Published October 2nd, 2009 - 09:46 GMT

Israel on Friday freed 19 Palestinian women from its jails in return for a video showing proof that a captured Israeli soldier being held by Hamas is alive. According to Reuters, officials said the 19 women, to be joined by a 20th on Sunday, were first brought in International Red Cross vehicles to border crossings with the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

 

Israel has said the Palestinian women freed on Friday were not directly involved in killings or serving a sentence exceeding two years.

 

This deal is considered to be a step towards a broader deal between Israel and Hamas which will include the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

 

According to officials the German mediator has already watched the recording.

 

 

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