News, Palestinian affairs

Dozens of freed Hamas prisoners wed in mass ceremony in Gaza

Wa’ed, the Hamas led Association for Prisoners Affairs in Gaza City has organized a mass wedding ceremony for 56 prisoners freed in October 2011 as part of the Shalit swap deal with Israel. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh who was present during the ceremony said “I came here to congratulate the freed heroes and share with them their happiness and joy in the weddings of freedom and liberty.” Wa’ed officials said that after the prisoner swap deal that freed 1027 Palestinians, there is still around 5000 more Palestinian prisoners scattered in about 25 Israeli prisons and detention camps in Israel and the West Bank. Attallah Abu Sebah, the Hamas minister of prisoners affairs, said “we hope that the entire prisoners will be freed soon.” Since the 2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip, there has been many mass wedding like this one, especially after Cast Lead in 2009.

Xinhua News Agency, China

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