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Hamas makes release of detainees condition for negotiations

Hamas is making the release of the detainees of the 2011 prisoner exchange deal a condition for any future negotiations, saying that Israel did not abide by the agreements.
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - DECEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Palestinians celebrate as they wait for the release of Palestinian prisoners on December 18, 2011 in Ramallah, West Bank. Israel released 550 Palestinian prisoners to complete a swap deal which brought about the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty images)

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Iman al-Barghouti has been living in the Kobar village in Ramallah district for eight months, following the rearrest by the Israelis on June 18, 2014, of her husband, Nael al-Barghouti.

Barghouti spent almost 34 years in Israeli prisons before being released as part of a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel on Oct. 18, 2011. With his rearrest, he joined 60 detainees who had also been released as part of the same deal in 2011.

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