TEL AVIV (Dec. 19)
Police Minister Shlomo Hillel said here that “hundreds” of security prisoners and administrative detainees have been released from custody in recent weeks. The security prisoners include terrorists and collaborators. Many of those released had already been sentenced but not for overt acts of sabotage, Hillel said. He stated that the releases were made possible by the calmer atmosphere prevailing in the country this year. Israel still has 3,500 security prisoners, most of them from administered territories or neighboring countries and about 250 from Israel. The number of persons detained on administrative orders has declined from 1,300 last year to 520 at present.