Official sources in Israel have denied reaching an agreement to release an additional 250 Palestinians prisoners along with the long-term 100+ pre-Oslo detainees. According to London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, Israel is on the point of agreeing such a move, despite the Israeli denials. Al-Hayat, however, stands by its story, saying that "credible" sources in Palestine have leaked the information.
Twenty-six out of 104 pre-Oslo prisoners have already been released. Another group are expected to be released by the end of October with the rest to be set free by March next year.