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Palestinian prisoner swap to go ahead Tuesday

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Palestinian prisoner swap to go ahead Tuesday


It has been confirmed that a Palestinian prisoner swap for the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is to go ahead tomorrow.

In Gaza city preparations are underway to receive the first batch of over 470 detainees.

But while some of them will go home others will be exiled to third countries without stopping on Palestinian soil.

Among those being released is the sister of Muhammad Tamimi, Ahlam, who was jailed in 2001 for a pizzeria bombing.

“ Of course we are happy that she will have her freedom,” said Ahlam’s bother. “The whole family and our village share in the joy but it is not complete because we’ve been told she will be immediately deported abroad.”

Ahlam was charged with driving a suicide bomber to the restaurant where 15 people died in the attack which happened in the early stages of the second Palestinian Intifada.

Relations of some of the victims – Meir Schijveschuurder and his brother lost their parents and three other siblings – have already lodged an appeal against Ahlam’s release.

Meir Schijveschuurder : Meir said he hoped the Supreme Court “will stop this madness of returning terror the streets.”

Meanwhile Israel has begun bussing the soon-to-be set free detainees to a facility in the Negev desert under heavy guard. Tuesday’s exchange will take place in the nearby Egyptian desert region of Sinai. A further 550 prisoners will be released at a later date.

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