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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Israel Extends Self-Rule

GAZA () -- Israel will begin extending elements of Palestinian self-rule to the rest of the West Bank next week, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Friday after meeting PLO chairman Yasser Arafat in the Gaza self-rule zone.

Peres said Israel would hand over responsibility for education, the first of five spheres of authority being transferred in "early empowerment," diplomatic shorthand for an interim phase of the Israeli-PLO agreement.

Israel said Friday it was freeing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners but insisted they remain in Palestinian-ruled Jericho.