Israel, Egypt agree to prisoner swap
25 October 2011, 09:12
Tel Aviv- Israel and Egypt have reached a deal to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israeli custody for US-Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel, held by Egypt since June, a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Monday.
The deal was reached days after a successful Egyptian-brokered swap between Israel and Hamas Islamists that freed captive soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for more than 1 000 Palestinian prisoners.
It was subject to Israeli security cabinet approval widely expected to be issued at a session scheduled on Tuesday, the Israeli statement said.
Egyptian officials also confirmed the agreement.