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On Palestinian prisoners day, 587 Palestinian detainees serve life sentence
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Gaza,  ALRAY - About 587 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails sentenced to life imprisonment, waiting for new prisoners swap, Palestinian prisoners center for studies reported Wednesday.

The center explained in a statement on the Palestinian Prisoners Day that the number of Palestinian prisoners who served life sentences is raised during Al-Quds uprising that has erupted three years and a half ago; Israeli occupation forces arrested dozens of Palestinians claiming that they carried out shoot and stab attacks against Israeli , led to killing Israelis.  

About 46 out of the total number of life sentences are veterans who served more than 20 years in Israeli jails.

Life imprisonment in Israel is to serve 99 years in jails, Israeli courts sentenced Palestinian security detainees who charged with killing Israelis to life sentence as well as Palestinians who carried  out attacks that led to killing either Israeli soldiers or  settlers.

The center noted in the statement that Palestinians detainees dream, despite of their long life sentences, of the day that a prisoner swap achieved in order to end their prolong suffering.

In September 2015, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, released photos of four Israeli soldiers, Shaul Arun, Hadar Golden, Abaraham Mengistu and Hisham Badawi al-Sayyid, refusing to reveal any details related about them without a price.

Hamas movement provided releasing the detainees whom were re-arrested after being released in Shalit deal 2014 , before starting any new negotiation regarding new deal.

The Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange followed a 2011 agreement between Israel and Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis, although there was also a Ukrainian, a Jordanian and a Syrian. The agreement came five years and four months after Palestinian militants captured Shalit in southern Israel along the Gaza Strip border.

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