[JURIST] Israel has preliminarily agreed to release around 900 Palestinian prisoners [prisoners advocacy website] in the near future, a senior Palestinian officer said Thursday. Palestinian authorities reportedly requested the release of 5000 prisoners, but the two sides agreed on the lesser total. Nearly 8000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons and their release has been a major demand for Palestinian militant factions before agreeing to a cease fire. The identities of the prisoners to be released and criteria for the release have yet to be determined. AFP has more.