Israel said Friday some 1,300 Palestinian prisoners would remain in Israeli jails because they refused to sign a pledge to give up violence.
The Israeli army said it had released about 3,400 Palestinian prisoners under the state's agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization in Cairo on May 4."From May 4, 1994, until Thursday approximately 3,400 Palestinian prisoners were released," an army spokesman said.
"About 1,300 additional prisoners refused to sign the declaration that they would refrain in the future from undertaking terrorist actions.
"Therefore they were not released. Their remaining is of their own volition. Were they to have signed the declaration, most would have been released to their homes," he added.
Under the Cairo agreement, which launched limited Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank enclave of Jericho and Gaza Strip, Israel agreed to free or turn over to the Palestinian Authority, within five weeks, 5,000 of the 9,600 prisoners it was holding.
The army spokesman said 100 Palestinian "criminals" chose to stay in Israeli prisons rather than be moved to Gaza jails.