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Relatives of Palestinian prisoner, Maher Abu Karesh stand near a graffiti depicting his picture as they gather at his house in the Gaza Strip on 17 October 2011 as they await his release as part of a deal to secure the exchange of Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit. Under a prisoner swap deal signed with Israel, Hamas will free Shalit, held in Gaza since 2006, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. Photo by Ashraf Amra