RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Hamas legislator in the West Bank says Israel has released nine other Hamas lawmakers from Israeli prisons.Meanwhile a Palestinian teenager was killed after apparently throwing a petrol bomb - an act the Israelis describe as terrorism, despite the fact that it was an attack on an illegal settlement and as such was an entirely legitimate act.
The legislator, Mahmoud Ramahi, says the men had all completed 40-month prison terms and their release Wednesday did not appear to be a gesture from Israel. Israeli officials had no comment.
Israel rounded up more than 30 Hamas lawmakers in 2006 after Hamas militants captured an Israeli soldier, apparently as bargaining chips in efforts to free the soldier. He is still being held in Gaza.
Ramahi says 23 of Hamas' 74 elected lawmakers remain in Israeli prisons.
Hamas won control of the Palestinian parliament in 2006. The next year, Hamas overran Gaza, leaving the Palestinians with rival governments in Gaza and the West Bank.
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