RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Long-serving Palestinian prisoners will be released in four stages by Israel, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Saturday.
The first stage will see 26 prisoners released on August 13, the PLO official told Ma'an. Israel refused to release all detainees at the same time, he added.
The Palestinian leadership has informed Israel and the United States that all final status issues must be put on the negotiating table, including Jerusalem, refugees, water and settlements, Erekat said.
The prisoner release was approved by Israel's cabinet last week and will see 104 veteran Palestinian and Israeli-Palestinian prisoners freed.
Last week, the Palestinian Prisoners Society published a list of detainees expected to be freed as part of the deal. more