Abbas says no peace without Palestinian prisoners released

13:04, March 27, 2011      

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RAMALLAH, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday said peace cannot be reached without Israel releasing all Palestinian prisoners.

"The Palestinian leadership will spare no efforts to free all prisoners and detainees in the Israeli occupation's prisons," Abbas said when receiving a Palestinian activist against the Jewish settlement, who was freed last week.

Israel holds some 7,000 Palestinians in 25 jails and detention facilities.

In Gaza, the Hamas movement, rival of Abbas' Fatah party, holds an Israeli soldier hostage since June 2006. The Islamic movement says it wants to exchange Gilad Shalit for more than 1,000 prisoners.

Source: Xinhua
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