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PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs: 7,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, 477 serving life sentences

‎“The Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs said ‎yesterday [Aug. 26, 2014] that the number ‎of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in ‎the occupation prisons has reached ‎‎7,000… The Ministry’s statement clarified ‎that 60 of the prisoners had been released ‎as part of the deal for the captured Israeli ‎soldier, Gilad Shalit… 477 prisoners are ‎serving life sentences.”‎

Note:‎ In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners ‎from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held ‎hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.‎ Dozens of the terrorists released in that deal were rearrested in June 2014, following the ‎abduction of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16.‎