Israeli officials have agreed to free 450 Hamas prisoners in exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Palestinian sources in Cairo said Friday.
The decision whether to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and prompt the reopening of the Gaza border crossings rests with Hamas, Israeli officials said.
Israel has signed a deal with Hezbollah intended to secure the release of two captured Israeli soldiers, both presumed dead, officials said Monday.
A Hezbollah-Israeli prisoner exchange is expected within a few days, an attorney involved in negotiations said Monday in Lebanon.
Israel and Hezbollah earlier this month came together for a prisoner exchange brokered by a German intelligence official known as "Mr. Hezbollah."
Israeli security officials Monday refuted Palestinian claims of progress in talks to exchange Palestinian prisoners for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Israeli officials confirmed that a letter turned over to the parents of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit was written by the 19-year-old.