Palestinians celebrate release from Israeli jails

Israel released 224 prisoners in a goodwill gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday, prompting joyous family reunions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Families sang and danced as prison buses rolled up full of newly freed men, shouting and waving from the windows, and mothers wept as they embraced their children.

Abbas greeted them individually with kisses on the cheeks at his office in Ramallah, the seat of his government.

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