Middle East mourns and celebrates prisoner releases

Israel's release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, a bargaining tool towards the peace talks that continue in Jerusalem tomorrow, has begun tonight in the Middle East.

The prisoners are being driven towards their homes in the West Bank and Gaza, where they will be greeted as returning heroes.

ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent, though, found their freedom has stirred real emotion on both sides:

Watch: Palestinians march with bagpipes to celebrate release


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.