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Former Al-Aqsa fighters granted amnesty by Israel

Sept. 18, 2009 6:01 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2009 8:04 P.M.)
Nablus – Ma’an Exclusive - Thirty former Al-Aqsa fighters with Fatah’s armed wing will be partially or fully pardoned Friday by Israeli military personnel, informed Palestinian sources confirmed.

Most of those set for pardon will be released from the Juneid prison west of Nablus. The former fighters voluntarily joined an amnesty program where they signed an agreement swearing off armed struggle against Israel and handed in their weapons in exchange for a promise from Israel that they would no longer be pursued.

The names will be announced officially after consultation with a US mediator, but preliminary names are released below. Of the 30, 10 were partially pardoned, 11 can sleep at their houses but must check in at PA headquarters according to a schedule, 7 are still under probation before being totally pardoned and 2 are totally pardoned.

1 - Alaa Nabil Ekob

2 - Salah Shaher As-Saka

3 - Nafez Mohamed Abdel-Hamid

4 - Hassan Ali Hassan Adas

5 – Muhammad Saber Marshoud

6 - Hosni As-Salaj

7 – Hassan Araisheh

8 – Mu’tasim Abdel-Gawad

9 - Hani Halawa

10 - Ghassan Abu Ar-Rish

Those who can sleep in their homes are:

11 - Amjad Anbatawi

12 - Maher Al-Fares

13 - Napoleon Abdo

14 - Mehdi Ekob

15 - Louay Aklik

16 - Omar Ekob

17 - Annan Sobh

18 - Shaukat Ba’arh

19 - Allam Ar-Ra’y

20 - Fahmi Raihan

21 - Ammar Ekob

Those with a semi pardon:

23 - Muhammad Al-Khalili

24 - Mahdi Abu-Ghazaleh

25 - Mohammed Jamil As-Sadr

26 - Siyam Kandil

27 - Ragheb Kaddoumi

28 - Fouad Al-Masri

Those fully pardoned include:

29 – Mu’tasem Abul Rabb

30 - Saber Al-Massimi

Two additional Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine member, Bilal Al-Ahmar and Ahmed Al-Mansi, received pardons as well but it was not clear what kind of pardon it would be.

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