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Israel’s Cabinet overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday the first of three withdrawals called for in the Wye II accord signed Saturday in Egypt. As a result of the approval, security sources said Israel will transfer on Thursday 7 percent of the West Bank — in an area located near Nablus — from full Israeli control to joint Israeli-Palestinian control. Meanwhile, Israeli officials said the release of 200 Palestinian prisoners called for in Wye II will also take place Thursday.

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