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Palestinian prisoners go home

Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners released by Israel have returned to their families in the West Bank and Gaza. President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed some of the men as thousands celebrated their return.

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Israel: Release of 26 Palestinian prisoners has started

Vans and minibuses have been seen leaving the Ayalon prison in Ramle near Tel Aviv. Credit: RTV

Israel's prison service has said it has begun the process of releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners ahead of peace talks.

The prisoners form the first of four groups totalling 104 that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet last month agreed to free in a step aimed at renewing negotiations.

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