Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the political bureau of the Palestinian Hamas movement, revealed that Israel had asked (Turkey, Germany, Qatar and Egypt) to intervene in a prisoner exchange deal from his movement to complete it to the fullest.
Al-Arouri said in a press statement Anatolia “The occupation is asking Egypt, Turkey, Germany and Qatar to intervene in a deal, and we will not give the occupation anything for free.” He added that “there is nothing substantive in the exchange deal, we only handed over a roadmap to the mediators (he did not mention them).”
Hamas and the prisoner exchange deal
It is worth noting that on Wednesday, a member of the movement’s political bureau, Zaher Jabarin, told Anadolu Agency that “Hamas” provided mediators with a framework for a prisoner exchange deal, but it did not receive a positive response, stressing “its readiness to end the deal as soon as possible.”
Al-Arouri added: “There is no door to liberating prisoners except through exchange deals that force the occupation to release prisoners, especially prisoners of life.”
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As for the prisoners who escaped from Gilboa prison in northern Israel, who were recently re-arrested, he stated that “the escape process affected the Zionist society deeply, and the six prisoners dealt a blow to the occupation.”
He continued: “The heroes of the Freedom Tunnel reminded the Palestinian Prime Time Zone, with all their might, that there are heroic prisoners who must be liberated, and it is our duty to get them out of the prison doors despite the occupation, as happened in the exchange deals.”
In a related context, on September 6, 2021, six Palestinian prisoners escaped through a tunnel from their cell outside Gilboa prison, and four of them were re-arrested on the 10 and 11 of the same month, while the last two prisoners were arrested, last Sunday.
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While “Hamas” keeps four Israelis, including two soldiers who were captured during the war on Gaza in the summer of 2014 (without disclosing their fate or health status), and the other two who entered the Strip in unclear circumstances during the past years.
On the other hand, Israel detains about 4,850 Palestinians in 23 prisons and detention centers, including 41 female prisoners, 225 children, and 540 administrative detainees (without charge), according to institutions specialized in prisoners’ affairs.