Israel released Ibrahim Abu-Salem, a Hamas member of the Palestinian Authority parliament on Monday, after he ended his 38-month sentence in Israeli prison, Hamas movement said in a statement. Abu-Salem was one of 40 Hamas legislators arrested after Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was abducted by Hamas and its allies.
Two weeks ago, parliament speaker Aziz Al-Dweik was released, leaving 35 other Hamas lawmakers and three others representing other factions in custody. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met with al-Dweik last week to present a plan for forming a Palestinian unity government, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, to the Chinese Xinhua news agency. The sources stressed that it including five Hamas members.