Egypt releases 9 Palestinian detainees

Palestinian sources said Egyptian authorities on Wednesday released nine Palestinians who were being held in Egyptian prisons. Detainees entered the Gaza Strip via the Rafah border crossing late on Wednesday.

A committee of the families of Palestinian detainees in Egyptian prisons said all nine prisoners returned to Gaza after being released on Wednesday morning.

In a statement, the Hamas Foreign Affairs and Planning Ministry described the move as a "positive step that strengthens connections between Egypt and Palestine."

Egypt released another 14 Palestinian prisoners earlier this month, 12 of whom arrived in Gaza while one stayed in Egypt and another went to the Emirates.

Other Palestinian detainees were able to escape Egyptian prisons and return to Gaza due to security breaches during the 25 January revolution.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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