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Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

Updated: 2013-10-31 07:13
By Agencies in Bethlehem, West Bank and Jerusalem ( China Daily)

Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday as part of US-brokered peace efforts.

The inmates, convicted of killing Israelis, basked in a heroes' welcome from hundreds of relatives and well-wishers in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

"Our heroes are coming home. Long live the prisoners!" crowds chanted outside the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners