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BC-MIDEAST-PRISONERS URGENT
^Israel says will free 250 Palestinians on Friday
JERUSALEM, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Israel will release 250 Palestinian prisoners at noon (1000 GMT) on Friday as part of its commitments under its new peace deal with the Palestinians, the Israeli Prisons Authority said on Thursday.
A spokeswoman said a mix of common criminals and political detainees who would be freed under an agreement reached with Palestinians, who had insisted that all 250 should be political detainees. The main Palestinian negotiator on the issue, Hisham Abdel-Razek, said no agreement had been struck.
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