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Israel, Egypt To Swap Prisoners


Ilan Grapel (right) allegedly spied for Israel during the uprising against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Ilan Grapel (right) allegedly spied for Israel during the uprising against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Israel says it has reached a deal with Egypt to swap 25 Egyptians in Israeli custody for a U.S.-Israeli dual national accused by Cairo of espionage.

Ilan Grapel, who has been detained since June, is accused of spying for Israel during the uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak.

Israel and Grapel's family deny the accusation.

The U.S.-brokered deal has yet to be approved by Israel's security cabinet.

It comes less than a week after Israel released more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who had been held by the militant group Hamas since 2006.

compiled from agency reports
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