Middle east: Prison league

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The Independent Online
Israel holds 3,648 Palestinian prisoners, according to Israeli figures. Since signing the framework peace accord with the PLO in September 1993, it has freed 7,544 Palestinians.

This is a breakdown of prisoners released by Israel as confidence-building measures or in fulfilment of peace deals.

- 700 freed by January 1994 as a confidence building measure after the framework peace deal and ahead of further talks.

- 4,900 by mid-June 1994 in fulfilment of a provision in the May 4, 1994, agreement setting up self-rule in most of the Gaza Strip and Jericho.

- 1,000 in October 1995, fulfilling the first stage release called for in the September 1995 West Bank deal.

- 913 ahead of Palestinian elections in January 1996 which, according to Israel, fulfilled the second stage release called for in the West Bank deal.

- 30 women prisoners in February 1996 in partial fulfilment of the Hebron deal.