ISRAEL-HAMAS PRISONER SWAP

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STORY: ISRAEL-HAMAS PRISONER SWAPDATELINE: Oct. 18, 2011 LENGTH: 0:02:33LOCATION: GazaPKGINTROIsrael and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers are preparing to start a prisoner swap on Tuesday, which will see an Israeli soldier freed in exchange for hundreds of Palestinians.The Islamic Hamas movement has declared a state of emergency in the coastal enclave, where family members of the Palestinians expected to be freed are preparing to celebrate their return. World News reports.PKGA five-member Palestinian delegation arrived in the Egyptian capital Cairo late Monday to implement the prisoner swap deal, which was brokered by Egypt and reached between Israel and Hamas a week ago.Under the agreement, the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be released in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian and Arab prisoners held in Israel jails.The first phase of the swap is expected to begin on Tuesday, with Israel freeing 450 male and 27 female prisoners, while 550 others will be released in two months.The 25-year-old
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