|Prisoner Release - 18 October 2011|
On 11 October 2011, the Israeli government and Hamas authorities concluded a deal whereby 1,027 Palestinian prisoners will be released in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The releases are due to take place in two stages, with 477 prisoners released on 18 October and another 550 in mid-December. On 18 October, families gathered outside Ofer Prison, where the prisoners released to the West Bank were due to be released. Eventually prisoners were released from another location and families converged on the presidential compound in Ramallah, where the prisoners were taken and welcomed. These pictures are from both locations.