Prominent Palestinian prisoners to be freed

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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 3:50 PM
Prominent Palestinian prisoners to be freed

A look at some of the 1,027 Palestinian prisoners to be released in a swap between Israel and Hamas:

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Nasser Yateima, 34, from the West Bank town of Tulkarem

Serving 29 life terms for his role in an April 2002 suicide bombing at an Israeli hotel on Passover eve that killed 30 people and triggered Israel's reoccupation of the West Bank, a military operation called "Defensive Shield." To be exiled.

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Walid Abdel-Hadi, 31, from Ramallah

Serving 36 life terms for his role in several attacks, including a March 2002 suicide bombing in a Jerusalem cafe that killed 11 people. To be exiled.

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Amna Muna, 35, from Jerusalem

Serving life term since 2001 for luring an Israeli teenage boy over the Internet to the West Bank, where he was killed by waiting militants. Her mother Samira says it's not clear yet if Amna will be sent to Gaza or abroad. Samira insists that her daughter never intended for her victim to be killed.

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Ahlam Tamimi, 31, serving 16 life sentences for her role in a suicide bombing, including taking the assailant to the Sbarro franchise in Jerusalem where he killed 16 people in 2001. To be deported to Jordan. Started out as a Fatah activist, but switched allegiance to the Islamic militant Hamas.

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Nizar Tamimi, 38, from the West Bank town of Ramallah.

Serving a life term for his role in the 1993 kidnapping and killing of an Israeli settler.

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Mohammed Abu Khoussa, 72, from Gaza

In prison since 1976, formerly affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a PLO faction. Serving life term for heading an armed cell that killed several Israeli soldiers in the 1970s.

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Abdel Hadi Ghneim, 46, from Gaza

Arrested on July 6, 1989, the day he grabbed the steering wheel of an Israeli bus and sent it plunging into a ravine near Jerusalem. Serving 16 life sentences for the attack that killed 16 people, including two Canadians and an American. His son Thaer, 22, born just a day before the attack, says his father acted out of anger over the Israeli crackdown on the first Palestinian uprising, particularly a shooting that paralyzed a friend.

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Fathi Barghouti, 57, and Nael Barghouti, 54, cousins from the West Bank village of Kobar

Arrested in 1978 for membership in an armed cell that kidnapped and killed an Israeli man. Each serving a life term. In recent years, Fathi shared a cell with his son Shadi, who was arrested in 2002 and is serving 27 years for involvement in an armed group. Fathi's wife, 51-year-old Samira, says that she fears the moment "when Fahri walks out and leaves behind Shadi in the same cell."

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Yehiye al-Sinwar, 49, from the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza

A leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a forerunner of Hamas, since the 1980s, and a founder of the Hamas military wing. In prison since 1988, serving four life terms, including his role as mastermind of the abduction and killing of two Israeli soldiers.

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Mohammed Youssef al-Sharatha, 54, from the Jebaliya refugee camp in Gaza

A leader of a Hamas commando unit. Arrested in 1989, serving three life terms for his role in the abduction and killing of two Israeli soldiers.

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Jihad Yaghmur, 44, from Jerusalem.

Arrested in 1994 for his role in the capture of an Israeli soldier, Nahshon Waxman, who was killed during an Israeli rescue attempt. Serving life term. To be exiled.