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    Last update - 10:10 01/09/2006 Report: Israel discusses freeing 1,000 Palestinians in Shalit swap http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/757654.html By Yoav
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      Last update - 10:10 01/09/2006

      Report: Israel discusses freeing 1,000 Palestinians in Shalit swap
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/757654.html
      By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent


      An Israeli delegation is visiting Egypt to discuss a proposed deal for the
      release of Gilad Shalit, an Israel Defense Forces soldier abducted by Hamas on
      June 25, a Saudi Arabian newspaper reported Friday.

      The deal involves Hamas' release of Shalit in exchange for Israel's release of
      about 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails, according to a senior Egyptian
      source quoted by the newspaper, Okaz. The paper said Egypt would help carry
      out the swap.

      According to the proposed deal, the Palestinian prisoners will be freed in
      three phases, with the first phase beginning three days after Shalit's
      release, the newspaper reported.

      The first 350 prisoners freed will be those facing light jail terms, the
      second batch of 350 will be facing medium-length terms, and the final batch -
      also of 350 - will be facing extended prison sentences, according to the deal.

      Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti will not be among the prisoners released
      in the deal, the newspaper reported. However, the Palestinian ministers and
      legislators who have been arrested by Israel recently may be freed if the
      Palestinians agree to form a unity government.
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