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A prisoner released from Israeli prison is welcomed by relatives in the West Bank city of Ramallah

A prisoner released from Israeli prison (2nd R) is welcomed by relatives in the West Bank city of Ramallah early December 31, 2013. Israel set free 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday as part of U.S.-brokered peace efforts, after pledging to press ahead with plans to build more homes in Jewish settlements. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS)

Israel releases convicted Palestinian prisoners

Yahoo NewsDecember 31, 2013

Israel released more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted in deadly attacks against Israelis as part of a U.S.-sponsored deal to restart Mideast peace talks.

The prisoners received hero's welcomes upon their return to the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greeted the men in the middle of the night at his headquarters in Ramallah, and pledged not to sign a final peace deal with Israel until all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are released. (AP)

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