The Palestinian Hamas movement has agreed to a new Egyptian deal for a prisoner swap with Israel. The deal includes the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who has been held captive by the group for almost five years. Israel will, in exchange, release hundreds of prisoners, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
The Al Jazeera network also reported that the Egyptian authorities will present the draft to a new negotiator, presumably from Israel, who is set to visit Cairo in the coming days.
The pan Arab daily Al-Hayat reported late last month that Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas' military wing, met recently with Egypt's new intelligence chief to hash out a plan to advance the prisoner exchange.