Hamas celebrates release of prisoners

A Palestinian released in the exchange of prisoners by Israel and Hamas reaches welcoming festivities in Gaza City on 18 October 2011

Major celebrations took place in Ramallah and Gaza on Tuesday as Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel.

Indirect negotiations between Hamas and Israel led to the freeing of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israel soldier, Gilad Shalit.

The much publicized swap reportedly took five years to negotiate.

Hamid Seyam, a Professor at Rutgers University and expert on the Middle East says this deal is a major victory for Hamas.

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