Israel and Egypt agree to prisoner swap

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 12:38 PM
Israel and Egypt agree to prisoner swap

(Reuters) - Israel and Egypt have reached a deal to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israeli custody for U.S.-Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel, held by Egypt since June, a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Monday.

The deal was reached days after a successful Egyptian-brokered swap between Israel and Hamas Islamists that freed captive soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

It was subject to Israeli security cabinet approval widely expected to be issued at a session scheduled Tuesday, the Israeli statement said. Egyptian officials also confirmed the agreement.

(Additional reporting by Maha El Dahan in Cairo; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Michael Roddy)