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Gaza hails anniversary of prisoner swap deal

AFP reports — Gaza celebrated Thursday a victory one year ago when Israel began freeing 1,027 prisoners in exchange for the release of a soldier held captive by militants for five years.

Celebrations organized by the ruling Hamas movement began in the early morning with hundreds of militants from the Islamist group's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, marching through Gaza City, an AFP correspondent reported.