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Palestinian supporters of the Islamic group Hamas celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on October 21, 2011 in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip. Hamas rulers are enjoying a surge in popularity following the release earlier this week of 477 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for the freedom of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib