RAMALLAH, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Israel and the United States have assured the Palestinian leadership that the second group of prisoners would be released by the end of October, a Palestinian official said Monday.
They are part of 104 prisoners who have been held since before the 1993 Oslo peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. The first group of 26 inmates were freed in August following U.S. efforts that brought the two sides to the negotiation table.
"The release of the prisoners on that time (end of October) was confirmed by the Israeli and American side," said Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian deputy minister of prisoners' affairs.
He noted that the prisoners would be released though the negotiations, which were resumed after nearly three years of halt.
There are about 4,600 prisoners in Israeli jails, including dozens who spent more than two decades behind bars.