The Palestinian group Hamas was feted Tuesday in the Gaza Strip for having secured an agreement from the Israelis to free more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid more than five years ago. Nearly half of those Palestinian prisoners were released Tuesday, and those remaining are slated for release in two months. Osama Hamdan, a senior official from the Hamas international relations department, tells Robert Siegel the move is a victory not only for Hamas, but for all Palestinians.
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