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Thousands of Palestinians attend the welcome ceremony held for the Palestinian prisoners released from Israel in al-Katiba Yard in Gaza City, Oct. 18, 2011. Israel and the Palestinians finished on Tuesday the first phase of a recently reached prisoner swap deal, which involves an Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and 1,027 Palestinian and Arab prisoners, with the major swap deal site set at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Photo by Mahmud Nassar