Israel releases 10 Jordanians in goodwill gesture

24 November 2003
The Israeli cabinet announced on 23 November that it had agreed to release 10 Jordanian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Jordanian Minister of State, Asma Khader, said earlier in November that Israel had agreed to release 25 prisoners, and described the release of the 10 men as 'insufficient'. She demanded that another 56 Jordanians should be freed.

The announcement came soon after Israel deported three suspected Palestinian militants from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. Israel said that men were members of the Islamist group Hamas, and are on a list of 15 Palestinians that Israel wants to expel. The decision to resume the practise of expelling suspected militants was made after the 4 October suicide bombing in Haifa that killed 19 Israelis. The policy has been widely criticised by the international community (MEED 14:10:03)

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