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Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoners

Israel released scores of Palestinian prisoners Tuesday, including the oldest and longest-serving inmate, in a goodwill gesture ahead of a summit with President Bush. But disagreements remained on the fate of about 100 Israeli settlement outposts set up in the West Bank during the past several years. Ahmad Jubarah, 68, was released from the Ashkelon prison in southern Israel after serving nearly three decades for his role in a 1975 Jerusalem bomb attack that killed 13 people, the Israel prisons service announced. He was to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank town of Ramallah before being reunited with his family in his native village of Tormus Aya, also in the West Bank. Israel also released about 100 prisoners Tuesday being held without charges or trial from the Ketziot, Ofer and Megiddo military prisons, the army said. Tayseer Khaled, a hardline PLO official arrested in February, was freed late Monday. Full Story

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