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PA delegation discusses prisoners with Egyptian, Arab officials

Jan. 11, 2013 5:37 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 12, 2013 5:24 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- A delegation from the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Detainees met with Egyptian and Arab League officials in Cairo on Friday to discuss the issue of Palestinians jailed by Israel.

The delegation, led by PA minister of detainees Issa Qaraqe, held talks on Palestinian hunger strikers and the re-arrest of prisoners released under a swap deal with Israel in 2011, a statement said.

Qaraqe also delivered a letter from Abbas to President Mursi.

Jawad Boulus, a lawyer for prisoners' rights, and Salah Zeidan, a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, were part of the delegation.

Egypt has exerted considerable efforts to intervene to save the lives of Palestinian hunger strikers, Qaraqe said.

An Egyptian-brokered prisoner swap deal in late 2011 saw Israel agree to release a total of 1,027 Palestinians in exchange for captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

As of Dec. 1, 2012, there were 4,656 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 178 administrative detainees, Addameer prisoners group says.
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