High Court Clears Way for Prisoner Release on Sunday


Two rockets fired at southern Israel, no injuries

The Israeli High Court rejected on Thursday a petition seeking to delay next Sunday’s release of Palestinian security prisoners, clearing the way for the third such move since the peace talks resumed last summer.

The ruling was not unexpected. As the judges said, “Understanding the pain of the petitioners, their petition does not raise any legal ground for our intervention. The claims have been raised and ruled on in the past.”

Meanwhile, on Thursday evening, an explosion was heard in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, after the firing of a second rocket from Gaza into Israel in less than 24 hours.

Security forces arrived at the scene to locate the remnants of a fallen rocket. Earlier, a red alert siren sounded in the area. There were no injuries or damages reported.

Amid escalating tensions along the Gaza border since an Israeli defense worker was shot and killed by a sniper earlier in the week, followed by IAF retaliatory raids, the Iron Dome defense batteries have been deployed in key points in the south, in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Be’er Sheva, as well as Sderot.