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Prisoner Release - 18 October 2011

  • A view of Ofer military camp. In addition to seving as a basis for Ofer Prison and military tribunal, the military base is also a commercial crossing between the West Bank and Israel
  • On the morning of 18 October, families of prisoners and ordinary Palestinians gathered outside Ofer prison, 20 minutes from the center of Ramallah, where they had been informed that the prisoners due to be sent home to the West Bank would be released
  • On the morning of 18 October, families of prisoners and ordinary Palestinians gathered outside Ofer prison, 20 minutes from the center of Ramallah, where they had been informed that the prisoners due to be sent home to the West Bank would be released
  • Nael Barghouthi, the longest-serving Palestinian political prisoner, greets the welcoming crowds outside the presidential compound in Ramallah
  • At noon, families made their way to the presidential compound where the prisoners had been taken following their release. Prisoners were carried out of the compound one by one on the shoulders of friends and relatives
  • In unprecedent scenes, Palestinians climbed the gate of Ofer prison to await the prisoners due to be released
  • Families and ordinary Palestinians from all walks of life came to celebrate outside Ofer Prison, marking the first time in many years flags from the different parties were seen flying side by side.
  • On 15 October, the Israeli Prison Service published the names of the first 477 prisoners to be released as part of the deal. 217 prisoners were released to their homes in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and 1948 territories without conditions. 55 prisoners were sent home to the West Bank on security conditions, including restrictions on their freedom of movement and obligations to regularly report to Israeli police stations. the remaining prisoners were either forcibly transferred to the Gaza Strip or deported abroad, with 18 prisoners sent to the Gaza Strip for 3 years, 146 sent there for an indeterminate period, and 41 prisoners deported to Jordan, Syria, Qatar and Turkey.
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