Ramallah (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Flags, choirs, speeches and songs greeted the first of the 199 prisoners released by Israel when they arrived at the Beituniya checkpoint near Ramallah.
“Our reception of the prisoners tomorrow will be like a national wedding,” said Palestinian Prison Affairs Minister Ashraf al-Ajrami. And this is exactly what is happening.
The Olmert government justified the prisoner release, including for the first time two men who killed Israelis, as a way to help Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in its confrontation with Hamas.
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