Ashqar: Second phase of the prisoner exchange include 55 children and six women

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[ 16/12/2011 – 06:35 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Head of the media office at the Ministry of Prisoners’ and Ex-prisoners’ Affairs, Reyadh al-Ashqar said that the second phase of the prisoner exchange deal with the Israeli occupation should see the release of 550 prisoners, including 55 children under the age of 18 and 6 women out of the 11 who remain behind bars.

Ashqar said in a statement on Thursday that amongst the prisoners who will be released therw are 40 from the Gaza Strip, 506 from the West Bank, two from Jordan, 2 from Jerusalem. He added that 113 of them were arrested in 2011, 109 arrested 2010 and the highest sentence amongst them is 18 years.

172 of them were arrested 2008/2009, 99 of them in 2006/2007, 19 of them in 2004/2005, 26 of them in 2002/2003, 7 in 2001 and only one in 1999.

He added that with the release of this group of prisoners, 4500 others remain in captivity, 123 of them long-serving prisoners who have been in detention since before Oslo. Fifty of them have spent more than twenty years and 23 of them have so far served 25 years. Twenty four lawmakers and two former ministers. Five women captives also remain in occupation jails.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian “Captives’ Supporters” organisation asked the Egyptian authorities to pressure the Israeli occupation to release all women captives as it was agreed that all female captives will be released in the second phase.

The organisation said in its statement, that the list published by the Israeli prison authority included only six of the female captives on it, while there a total of 11 in captivity.

Source and more at the Palestinian Information Center

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