JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- An Israeli ministerial committee approved Sunday night a list of 26 Palestinian prisoners set to be released in the next 48 hours, as a gesture to the Palestinian authority amid the resumption of direct peace talks, the prime minister's office said in a statement.
The names of the 26 will be uploaded to the Israeli Prison Service website overnight, and the bereaved families of the victims killed in the attacks perpetrated by the prisoners will be notified.
This is the first batch of prisoners out of a total of 104 set to be freed as initiated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The rest are to be released in phases in the next eight months.
The possible release of the 26 Palestinians, who were incarcerated for terrorist acts prior to the 1993 Oslo Accords, comes ahead of the second round of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks on Wednesday in Jerusalem.
On July 30, the two sides restarted direct negotiations in Washington of the United States, after their peace talks fell through in 2010 over Israel's construction in the West Bank settlements.
According to Netanyahu's office, 14 of the 26 will be transferred to Gaza and the rest to the West Bank.
Israeli citizens have 48 hours to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
The ministerial committee, headed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya' alon who filled in for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is recovering from a hernia operation, includes chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and officials from the Shin Bet and the Israeli Defense Forces.