(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

In light of the ongoing coordination with the Palestinian Authority, and as part of the understandings being reached with Palestinian Authority security officials, the IDF, in conjunction with the Israel Prison Service, will release 500 security and administrative prisoners, residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The release will take place tomorrow, February 21, 2005.

The security prisoners and administrative detainees who will be released are being transferred from Ketziot detention facility to a number of specified drop-off points in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.