World Bulletin / News Desk
Rival West Bank and Gaza governments mutually released prisoners in occasion of Ramadan, according to Maan news Agency.
The goodwill gesture came after the former unity government's deputy premier called for their release on the occasion of Ramadan.
West Bank goevrnment, also known as Palestine Authority, was rukes by secular Fatah faction of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the Gaza Strip was governed by Islamist Hamas.
Hamas won a parliamentary election in January 2006, ending a near-monopoly on power by PLO and its dominant faction, Fatah. The government Hamas formed was subject to a crippling boycott by Western aid donors, leading to a unity government between Hamas and Fatah in 2007 under the pressure of Israel.
Gaza government released 100 prisoners and West Bak released 8 An-Najah University professors, according to report.
Earlier, the professors were charged to be tortured in custody but Fatah denied.
Gaza Justice Minister Mohammad Al-Ghoul told reporters that those released were not political prisoners and reiterated that Hamas government was not holding political prisoners.
Fathi Hammad, Hamas interior minister, called on the West Bank authorites to end political arrests. “We are here for conciliation and we ended political detentions," he said.