Report: 63 Egyptians for 1 Israeli National (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/30/12)
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Israel and Egypt are set to conduct a prisoner exchange on Sunday in
which 63 Egyptians will be swapped for an Israeli national convicted
of spying for Israel, Israeli sources say.
Egyptian authorities have yet to formally accept the deal, but
Israeli political sources were quoted by Israelís state Arabic-
language radio station saying the deal was going ahead.
According to the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency, some 40 Egyptian
inmates in Israeli prisons went on strike after Jerusalem and Cairo
had failed to agree on the prisoner swap earlier this week.
The swap was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but did not go
ahead amid the imbroglio between Israel and Egypt over the latter´s
decision to terminate its natural gas deal with the Jewish state, the
Egyptian Independent reported.
But Radio Kol Israel on Sunday reported that only three Egyptian
prisoners had gone on hunger strike to demand their release, adding
that they are receiving medical treatment at Ramla prison.
The station added that the Egyptian consul, Sameh Nabil, has
requested permission to visit the prisoners.
Israeli Odeh Tarabin has been in Egyptian custody since he was tried
and convicted of espionage in 2000. Egyptian authorities have
frequently used the arrest of Israeli nationals on ´espionage
charges´ as a means of forcing prisoner swaps favorable to Cairo.
An Egyptian official had told Maan last week that if the swap goes
ahead, the prisoners would be released via the Taba crossing under
the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty was signed in 1979, making Cairo the
first Arab nation to be formally at peace with the Jewish state.
Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, who signed the treaty, was assassinated
in 1981. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/30/12)
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