An elderly Palestinian man holds up a portrait of a relative as he takes part in a demonstration to mark Prisoners' Day in the West Bank town of Hebron on April 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/HAZEM BADER
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Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza rallied Thursday in solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates.In June 2006, a group of Hamas and other militants snuck into Israel through a cross-border tunnel, seized Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and took their prisoner back to Gaza the same way.He was released on October 18, 2011 in exchange for 1,027 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.According to Israeli rights group B'Tselem, Israel is holding 4,881 Palestinian prisoners, including 175 in administrative detention where they can be detained without charge for renewable six-month periods.
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