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Radio: Israel set to increase Palestinian prisoner release

July 27, 2013 11:51 A.M. (Updated: July 27, 2013 10:24 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli government will increase the number of Palestinian prisoners set to be released as part of a gesture to the Palestinian side to resume peace talks, Israeli radio said Saturday.

The number of prisoners released is set to increase to 102, a report on Israeli radio said. The issue will be addressed by Israel's government on Sunday.

Israel may free Palestinian prisoners who hold Israeli citizenship, as well as prisoners held on criminal charges, the report added.

Earlier this week, an Israeli official said around 80 long-serving Palestinian prisoners would be released.

"The prisoner releases will start when talks commence," the Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "We're talking about releasing them in stages."

There were "some 80 prisoners" set to be released, all of them "pre-Oslo," the official added, referring to Palestinians imprisoned before the 1993 Oslo peace accords.
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