The released prisoners were greeted by cheering crowds on their return to the West Bank and Gaza.

Though Israel approved the releases on Saturday, they were delayed to allow the victims’ families to appeal.

The prisoners committed murder or attempted murder before the 1993 Oslo accords and have served 19 to 28 years.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who had previously hailed the 52 men released in August and October as heroes of the Palestinian cause, waited at his headquarters in Ramallah to greet the latest released men.


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