Israeli cabinet meets on prisoner swap with Hamas

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Posted: Oct 11, 2011 1:59 PM
Israeli cabinet meets on prisoner swap with Hamas

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an urgent cabinet session on Tuesday to decide on a deal with Hamas to swap Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a soldier held captive in Gaza for five years, a security source said.

In Gaza, a source involved in Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and the Islamist militant group told Reuters agreement had been reached for a swap to take place possibly as soon as in the coming days.

(Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan)