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Fatah, Hamas exchange prisoners

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 12:32 IST
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Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas exchanged abducted prisoners late on Tuesday as a ceasefire between the rival movements continued to hold.

The prisoner releases followed a meeting of high-ranking representatives from both factions, under Egyptian mediation in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian sources.

Dozens of people linked to both were abducted amid pitched battles last week that left more than 30 people dead.

Fatah, led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Islamic militant movement Hamas, which dominates the Palestinian Legislative Council and the Palestinian cabinet, agreed to a ceasefire late Monday.

Both sides had largely abided by the agreement during the first day, though one Hamas member was shot to death on Tuesday in the southern Gaza Strip.

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