Israel, Egypt agree to prisoner swap

2011-10-24 22:27

Tel Aviv- Israel and Egypt have reached a deal to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israeli custody for US-Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel, held by Egypt since June, a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Monday.

The deal was reached days after a successful Egyptian-brokered swap between Israel and Hamas Islamists that freed captive soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for more than 1 000 Palestinian prisoners.

It was subject to Israeli security cabinet approval widely expected to be issued at a session scheduled on Tuesday, the Israeli statement said.

Egyptian officials also confirmed the agreement.

  • Dirk - 2011-10-25 05:56

    This fellow must feel terrible. For Shalit, more than a thousand arabs were released and for him, only 25. Wont be good for his self-esteem.

      Iwan - 2011-10-25 08:16

      Reminds me of the movie "Saving Private Ryan". He better live his life to the fullest.

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