Newspapers Review: Release of Prisoners Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 14, 2013 (WAFA) – The release of the 26 prisoners held since before 1993 was the main front page story in the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Wednesday.

The papers highlighted the release with pictures showing the prisoners from the West Bank holding hands with President Mahmoud Abbas at the Muqata, where they arrived early Wednesday after their release.

The papers highlighted statements by senior right-wing Israeli officials inciting to kill the freed prisoners.

The second main story in the three papers was Abbas asking Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to form a new government and Hamdallah agreeing.

Hamdallah had resigned in June after only two weeks in office but continued as caretaker.

The third main story in the papers focused on the second round in the Palestinian-Israeli talks, which is supposed to start on Wednesday amidst a vigorous Israeli settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory, which is threatening to torpedo the talks.

The papers quoted US Secretary of State John Kerry saying that Abbas is committed to stay in the negotiations in spite of the Israeli settlement activity.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is going to visit Palestine, Jordan and Israel this week to give a boost to negotiations.

It said in another story that Egypt is imposing restrictions on entry of Palestinians from Gaza into its territory. Egypt is the only real exit passage for Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinians.

Al-Ayyam printed a story from the Chinese news agency quoting Tawfik Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee and head of the committee in charge of investigating circumstances for the death of the Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, saying that results of an autopsy carried on Arafat’s remains last year are going to be ready by mid-September.

Tirawi said the Swiss lab, which is doing the test on Arafat’s remains, had informed him that it was in the final stages of the tests and that the results will be ready by the middle of next month.

Al-Quds reported on clashes between members of the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad in Gaza and Hamas security forces. It said the clashes occurred outside a mosque in Gaza City and in the aftermath of the killing last month of an Islamic Jihad leader by Hamas forces in Gaza.

The three papers also highlighted the arrest of the murderer of a money changer in Hebron.

source: WAFA NEWS