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Israel to release Palestinian prisoners

[JURIST] The Israeli Cabinet Sunday agreed to release nearly 200 Palestinian prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons. The release was part of an agreement between Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon. Israeli government spokesman Rannan Gissin referred to the release as "a gesture of goodwill [that] shows also our intention to change the general atmosphere and to move forward with the peace process". Gissin indicated that more prisoners might be freed in the future. The agreement resulted in the release last week of six Egyptian students in exchange for the return of Azzam Azzam. AP has more.

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