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Red Cross vehicles and buses arrive from Egypt to the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Oct, 17. 2011 for the upcoming transfer of Palestinian prisoners from Israel to Gaza . Under a prisoner swap deal signed with Israel, the Islamist group Hamas will free captured Israeli soldiers Gilad Shalit, held in Gaza since 2006, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib