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Abbas allocates $5 million for Palestinian prisoners released in Shalit deal

     PA TV program about the fate of the female prisoners remaining in Israeli prisons after the Shalit deal and the ramifications of the deal (i.e., prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas in Oct. 2011, in which Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit).
Abu Ein, Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs:
     "We, as the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, have begun – and there is a gesture on the part of the honorable President [Abbas], approved by the Palestinian government, and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad hurried to implement it: There is a grant, a 'release grant', a grant from the President [Abbas] to all the released prisoners, whether they are in the Gaza Strip, in Turkey, in Egypt, or in Syria. Starting yesterday [Oct. 21, 2011] we began distributing [the grants] to the released prisoners in order to help meet their expenses. This grant is around $5 million, disbursed by his honor, the President [Abbas], to be distributed to the [released] Palestinian prisoners inside [the PA] and outside of it."
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Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
 

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