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Palestinian prisoners released

Palestinian prisoners have been released by Israel as part of renewed US-brokered peace talks. Families and friends of the released prisoners celebrated in the West Bank and Gaza as they awaited the arrival of their loved ones. The 26 prisoners had been jailed for murder or attempted murder before the 1993 Oslo accords, and have served between 19 and 28 years. They make up the third tranche of a total of 104 prisoners to be freed.

Palestinian prisoners released
Released Palestinian prisoner Jamal Abu Jamal (C) reacts upon his arrival in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber on December 31, 2013. Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is returning to the region to boost the faltering negotiations. (AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Released Palestinian prisoner Bilal Abu Hussein (L) reacts upon his arrival in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber on December 31, 2013. Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is returning to the region to boost the faltering negotiations. (AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Palestinians wave their national flag as they await the release of Palestinian prisoners to Jerusalem December 31, 2013. Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is returning to the region to boost the faltering negotiations. (AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Palestinians wave their national flag as they await the release of Palestinian prisoners to Jerusalem December 31, 2013. Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is returning to the region to boost the faltering negotiations. (AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Released Palestinian prisoner Bilal Abu Hussein (C) is embraced upon his arrival in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber on December 31, 2013. Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is returning to the region to boost the faltering negotiations. (AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Palestinian families celebrate as they wait for the release of Palestinian prisoners at the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early hours on December 31, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank. The 26 Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel as part of the terms of renewed U.S.-brokered peace talks. (Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Palestinian families greet freed Palestinian prisoners as they arrive to the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early hours on December 31, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank. The 26 Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel as part of the terms of renewed U.S.-brokered peace talks. (Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Palestinian families celebrate as they wait for the release of Palestinian prisoners at the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early hours on December 31, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank. The 26 Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel as part of the terms of renewed U.S.-brokered peace talks. (Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Palestinian families greet freed Palestinian prisoners as they arrive to the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early hours on December 31, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank. The 26 Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel as part of the terms of renewed U.S.-brokered peace talks. (Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Relatives and family members hang posters of Mahmud Muammar who served 23 years in Israeli Prison and is expected to be released tonight as part of the 26 prisoners that will be released as part of terms of the renewed U.S. brokered peace talks on December 30, 2013 in Bethlehem, West Bank. (Getty Images)
Palestinian prisoners released
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) greets freed Palestinian prisoners as they arrive to the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early morning hours on December 31, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank. The 26 Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel as part of the terms of renewed U.S.-brokered peace talks. (Getty Images)