Release of old prisoners in Hamas-Israel prisoners swap
( dpa ) - An official from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) on Saturday demanded Palestinian militant groups press for the release of old prisoners in any prisoner exchange deal with Israel.
"If talks led to real exchange, the priority must be given to old prisoners, women, and the prisoners from Jerusalem and the territories which were occupied in the 1948 ( Israel)," said Khaleda Jarrar, a lawmaker from PFLP.
Hamas and two groups captured an Israeli soldier in 2006 in Gaza. The captors demand to exchange the Corporal Gilad Shalit for one thousand prisoners in addition to children, women, patients and imprisoned leaders of factions.
Indirect talks between Hamas and Israel on the prisoners' swap have been frozen due to Israel's refusal to deal with the names that Hamas presented for the release, according to Hamas.
Jarrar also mentioned that Palestinian lawmakers must be included in the swap. Israel is holding around 40 lawmakers, most of them Hamas, in response to Shalit's capture.
Meanwhile, Jarrar said she had no information if Ahmed Sa'dat, the jailed PFLP's Secretary-General, was among the names that Hamas has been calling for release.
Israel kidnapped Sa'dat from a Palestinian prison in Jericho in 2006. He was held there upon a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) for his alleged role in assassinating the Israeli tourism minister in Jerusalem in 2001.