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Aug. 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM
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JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Israeli terror victims Sunday protested the government's plans to release 104 Palestinian prisoners days before the first group is to be set free.

Carrying black flags and banners, protesters affiliated with the Almagor Terror Victims Association demonstrated at the terror victims memorial at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl cemetery Sunday morning. The protesters said they would march to the High Court of Justice building, The Jerusalem Post reported.

In the evening, a ministerial committee was to convene to draw up the list of names of the first 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released by Israel before the renewal of talks with the Palestinians begins in Jericho Wednesday, Israel Radio said.

As a measure of good faith, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israel prior to the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords. Prisoners are to be released in four groups, the first on Tuesday.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, heading negotiations with the Palestinians, and Minister of Science and Technology Yaacov Peri will draw up the first list of prisoners to be released, the radio said. The names of the prisoners will be published and those who object will have 48 hours to appeal to the High Court of Justice, the radio said.

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