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Israel prepares for second stage of prisoner swap

Israel began preparations on Thursday to release 550 Palestinian prisoners in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s Prisons Service posted on its website the list of prisoners whose jail terms are to be cut and a spokeswoman said they would be assembled in two jails prior to release on Sunday. Israeli citizens have 48 hours to contest the releases in court, though historically the judiciary has chosen not to intervene in prisoner exchanges which it views as a political decision. In the first stage of the Egyptian-mediated prisoner exchange, the most lopsided in Israel’s history, 450 Palestinians were released on Oct. 18 in return for Shalit.

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