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Palestinian Prisoner Release Approved

An Israeli government committee approved a list of 230 Palestinian prisoners to be released.

The prisoners approved Sunday, who are identified as being “without blood on their hands,” will be released from Israeli prisons Tuesday as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority in honor of a Muslim holiday, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

All of the prisoners slated to be released are members of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party and are serving sentences in Israeli prisons.

The Cabinet approved the releases at a meeting last week.

In addition to the prison releases, other goodwill gestures will be made in honor of the Eid-al-Adha holiday, an Israeli army spokesman announced Sunday.

Several crossings in Gaza and the West Bank will be open over time, and Israeli Arabs will be allowed to enter areas in Judea and Samaria under Israeli control to visit family members. Also, Palestinian families in Judea and Samaria will be permitted to enter Israel to visit immediate family, and the Allenby Bridge and Mussa Alami crossings to Jordan will be open 24 hours a day.

In addition, Palestinian men older than 45 will be allowed to enter the Temple Mount.

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