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Israel has released 26 Palestin-
ian prisoners as part of a deal that
will see peace talks resume yes-
Buses carrying the inmates drove
them from a prison in central Israel
to the Beitunia checkpoint in the
West Bank and the Erez crossing
Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas greeted the 11 sent to the
West Bank, while crowds met the
other 15 in Gaza.
Israeli and Palestinian represen-
tatives are set to begin direct talks
in Jerusalem after a three-year hia-
Few details have been released
from either side about the location,
timing or agenda of the talks, but
some reports say US mediator
Martin Indyk will be present.
The resumption continues to be
overshadowed by the issue of Jew-
ish settlements in the occupied
West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Yesterday, Israeli Housing Min-
ister Uri Ariel vowed to build
"thousands of homes" in the West
The issue halted the last direct
talks in September 2010 and Pales-
tinian representatives have accused
Israel of trying to sabotage the lat-
The BBC s Yolande Knell says
there was a festive atmosphere in
the West Bank village of Beitunia
when the freed prisoners passed
through the nearby checkpoint
early on yesterday.
After hours of waiting near the
Erez checkpoint between Israel
and Gaza, there was an emotional
outpouring from the large crowd
as the 15 Palestinians released from
Israeli jails arrived here.
The bus carrying the men strug-
gled to make its way forward.
There were fireworks and celebra-
tory gun shots were fired into the
air.Despite the deep political dispute
between Hamas, which governs
Gaza, and the Fatah movement of
the Palestinian President Mah-
moud Abbas, flags for the two fac-
tions fluttered side-by-side.
Most of the former detainees
brought to Gaza belong to Fatah.
Only one belongs to Hamas, which
has strongly rejected the deal to
resume peace talks with Israel.
The sister of one man who spent
a quarter of a century in an Israeli
prison cried as she told me:
"Thanks to Abu Mazen [Mahmoud
Abbas]. He s introduced joy to all
our hearts today."
Hamas welcomed their release
but spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri
told the BBC it was a cheap deal
if Mr Abbas wanted to sell rights
and Palestinian land to Israel in
The men were then driven to
the Muqataa presidential com-
pound in Ramallah, where they
were kissed and embraced by Pres-
In a speech, he said he would
not rest "until we free all the pris-
oners from Israeli jails."
"We congratulate ourselves and
our families for our brothers who
left the darkness of the prisons for
the light of the sun of freedom.
We say to them and to you that
the remainder are on their way,
these are just the first," he added.
Later, the former prisoners were
mobbed by relatives, friends and
ian court yesterday
ordered the extradition
of a Russian man sus-
pected of illegal arms
dealing to the US.
The Vilnius Court of
Appeal said Dmitry Usti-
nov, who was arrested at
Vilnius International Air-
port in April at the
request of the US, should
be handed over to Amer-
ican officials within ten
days. The decision can-
not be appealed.
Prosecutors said the
47-year-old Ustinov is
suspected of smuggling
and operating a group
that attempted to export
military equipment ille-
gally. The criminal
charges could send him
to prison for up to 20
The decision was con-
demned by the Russian
government, which had
demanded that Ustinov
not be extradited.
Konstantin Dolgov, the
Russian Foreign Min-
istry s envoy on human
rights and legal matter,
called the court s decision
unacceptable. He said it
was part of a pattern of
US law enforcement
agencies getting Russians
detained in third coun-
tries on what he said
were false pretexts.
"We do not intend to
accept this lawlessness
India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists hold onions in
their hands during a protest against the soaring onion prices in New Delhi,
India, yesterday. A staple food of the Indian middle class, onion prices have
been responsible for the fall of state governments in India in the past.
INDIA'S ONION PROTEST
Israel releases 26 Palestinian
prisoners ahead of talks
Lithuania sends alleged Russian arms dealer to US
in relation to our citizens,
who have become vic-
tims of this specific form
of American justice, "
Dolgov said in a state-
ment. "We hope that
Washington will think
about the consequences
of its actions." (AP)
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