Saturday, 29 March 2014

Palestinians hope prisoner release delay will be brief

RAMALLAH (AFP) -- A senior Palestinian official said a release by Israel of Palestinian prisoners would not go ahead on Saturday as envisaged but he hoped there would only be short delay.

"Today the prisoners will not be released ... maybe in the coming days," Issa Qaraqe, the minister of prisoners' affairs, told AFP.

"We have told the families of the prisoners that they will not be released today," he added."

"There are efforts to solve the crisis and I believe that in 24 hours everything will be clearer."

Under the deal that relaunched peace talks last July, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinians held since before the 1993 Oslo peace accords in exchange for the Palestinians not pressing their statehood claims at the United Nations. more