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Israel-Hamas prisoner swap casts harsh light on detention practices of all sides

18 October 2011 After more than five years in captivity, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was released today in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. The prisoner exchange involving Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and 477 Palestinian prisoners highlights the need for the humane treatment of all detainees in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Amnesty International said today.“This deal will bring relief to Gilad Shalit and his family after an ordeal that has lasted more than five years. Many Palestinian families will feel a similar sense of relief today when…

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