PA: Israel to release names of prisoners set for release
Published Saturday 28/12/2013 (updated) 31/12/2013 14:45
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Minister of prisoners affairs Issa Qaraqe said Saturday that Israel would announce the names of a third group of prisoners to be released at midnight.
Qaraqe told Ma’an TV that Israel did not provide the PA with a list in advance.
He denounced the delay of the release of the third group to Dec. 30, and rejected Israel's justifications for it.
Qaraqe expected Israel to release the prisoners at midnight on Tuesday.
Qaraqe added that Israel wanted to use the prisoners’ issue to pressure the Palestinians to give up their basic rights.
He said the number of sick prisoners increased from 800 to 1,400 this year, and expressed his fear that the number of prisoners with cancer might increase because of medical negligence.