ISRAEL-HAMAS PRISONER SWAP

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STORY: ISRAEL-HAMAS PRISONER SWAPDATELINE: Oct. 18, 2011LENGTH: 0:01:41LOCATION: JerusalemINTROThe Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers have released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, in return for hundreds of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails.The prisoner swap was agreed by the two sides last week.World News reports.*****Two convoys of Israeli buses loaded with 477 Palestinian prisoners left the southern Ketziot prison early on Tuesday.The first convoy arrived at Ofer, a military facility near the West Bank city of Ramallah, where the prisoners were met by Red Cross officials.Another convoy went to the Kerem Shalom crossing on the Gaza border and the prisoners were handed over to Egyptian authorities before their expected return to the coastal territory.A smaller number of Israeli-Arab prisoners are due to return to their homes in east Jerusalem on Tuesday. Others are being deported abroad, while Qatar, Turkey and Syria saying they would accommodate them.Tuesday's handover is a confirmation t
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