Israel releases Hamas mayor, officials from prison

The families said they posted bails of 25,000 shekels ($7,020) and 7,000 shekels respectively.

Israel releases Hamas mayor, officials from prison
Israel released two senior Hamas officials detained in the occupied West Bank, their families said on Wednesday.

The families said Abli Yaish, the Hamas mayor of Nablus, and Issa al-Ja'abari, a Hamas representative in Hebron, returned home after being freed from the Israeli detention centre Ofer.

The families said they posted bails of 25,000 shekels ($7,020) and 7,000 shekels respectively.

Israeli officials had no immediate comment.

Israel and Hamas have been negotiating through Egyptian mediators for the release of Palestinians in Israeli prisons and Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit captured.

Hamas has demanded Israel free all its jailed politicians and hundreds of other prisoners in exchange for Shalit.

Israel freed another prominent Hamas official on Sunday. Omar Abdel Razek, was finance minister when Israel arrested him in June 2006.

Nablus businessman Ziad Anatawi also went free on Wednesday after spending two weeks in Israeli custody, his family said.

Anatawi was among 14 managers of a shopping mall in the city which Israel raided.

Reuters
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