Report: Palestinian Prisoners With No Connection to Hamas Will Be Released in Hostage Deal

By Yoni Weiss

A symbolic street sign at the “Hostages Square,” outside the Art Museum of Tel Aviv. (Gili Yaari/FLASH90)

An Egyptian source told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday that the Palestinian prisoners who will be released from prisons in Israel as part of a deal to release the Israeli hostages will have no connection to Hamas.

According to the report, Hamas demands that the hostage deal be carried out in stages. In the first stage Israel will release female and teenage terrorists from prisons in exchange for 50 women and children who will be released from the Gaza Strip. In the second phase there will be a five-day ceasefire. Hamas also demanded an increase in humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, and the cessation of intelligence flights in its airspace during the ceasefire.

Israel is also “meticulously” verifying the list of names of the Palestinian prisoners to ensure none of those released are connected to the Hamas terror group, the Egyptian officials said.

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