Rockets Fired From Gaza as Israel Starts Releasing First Palestinian Prisoners

26 Prisoners Crossed the Border Into West Bank and Gaza

Free at Last: Palestinians demonstrate over continued detention of prisoners by Israel.
Haaretz
Free at Last: Palestinians demonstrate over continued detention of prisoners by Israel.

By JTA

Published August 13, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

JERUSALEM — Rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel as Palestinian prisoners being released by Israel were being transported to the border.

One rocket fired Tuesday night at Sderot fell short of its target and is believed to have landed in side Gaza. A second rocket landed in the nearby Sha’ar Hanegev region in an open area.

A day earlier, a long-range Grad rocket was fired at Eilat and intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. In the prisoner release, 26 Palestinians were transported in vans to crossings into the West Bank and Gaza. They crossed the border at midnight. According to Haaretz, the prisoners were released from their cells at the Ayalon Prison around 9 P.M.

Israel agreed to release the prisoners in order to bring the Palestinians back to the peace negotiating table. The Hamas leadership in Gaza ordered the rival Fatah party to refrain from holding celebrations welcoming home the prisoners, saying it would hold an official ceremony later in the week.

But a crowd of approximately 1,000 people reportedly gathered in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority government, to welcome the prisoners. P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to attend the welcoming ceremony in the West Bank city. Eventually 104 prisoners jailed before the 1993 Oslo Accords will be released in phases over the next eight months, pending progress in the renewed peace talks.

The talks are scheduled to resume Wednesday in Jerusalem following a three-year freeze, but the Palestinians have threatened to skip the meeting in protest over the order in which the prisoners are being released as well as the announcement of new construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, according to reports.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • “I don’t want to say, ‘Oh oh, I’m not Jewish,’ because when you say that, you sound like someone trying to get into a 1950s country club, “and I love the idea of being Jewish." Are you a fan of Seth Meyers?
  • "If you want my advice: more Palestinians, more checkpoints, just more reality." What do you think?
  • Happy birthday Barbra Streisand! Our favorite Funny Girl turns 72 today.
  • Clueless parenting advice from the star of "Clueless."
  • Why won't the city give an answer?
  • BREAKING NEWS: Israel has officially suspended peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • Can you guess what the most boring job in the army is?
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover! http://jd.fo/f3Mms
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.