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Egyptian detainees transferred to Beersheba prison in preparation for exchange

February 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Egyptian prisoners being held by Israel who are included in the exchange deal agreed between Cairo and Tel Aviv have been moved to Beersheba prison ahead of the swap. The deal is expected to be concluded this week.

According to Hebrew Radio, 22 Egyptian detainees have been moved to Beersheba; three children are being held in Ofek prison. There are a total of 81 Egyptians in Israeli prisons.

Meanwhile, a member of the Knesset, Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union, has submitted a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court claiming that the Inner Ministerial Council for Political and Security Affairs does not have the authority to give the go-ahead for such an agreement. He has called for the swap to be stopped.