You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Release of Palestinians sparks uproar

More than 1,000 protested on Monday near Ofer jail, where the prisoners are being held.

ATEF SAFADI/EPA

More than 1,000 protested on Monday near Ofer jail, where the prisoners are being held.

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister faced an uproar from across the political spectrum on Monday over the planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, all according to authorities convicted on murder charges connected to attacks on Israelis.

Tuesday’s release is part of a US-brokered agreement that restarted peace talks with the Palestinians over the summer. It is the second of four planned releases of the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners held by Israel in the coming months.

Continue reading below

The overnight announcement of the prisoner names triggered wide criticism. Among those going free are people jailed in connection to the killings of Israelis including a reservist and a Nazi death camp survivor, according to the list provided by Israel’s prison service. Many of the killings occurred before the beginning of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in 1993.

More than a thousand people protested Monday night outside Ofer jail, where the prisoners are held. Families held up pictures of slain loved ones and called on the government not to release the prisoners held responsible for their deaths.

In a separate development Monday, militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets toward Israel, one of which was shot down by the country’s missile defense system, the military said.

The army said the defense battery known as the ‘‘Iron Dome’’ intercepted one rocket above the city of Ashkelon. It said the military was searching for the second. No injuries were reported in the attack.

In response to the rockets and a mortar round fired from Gaza the day before, the military said its aircraft struck the sites of two concealed rocket launchers in Gaza. There were no reports of injuries in Gaza from the strikes.

Israel has a long history of lopsided prisoner exchanges with its Arab adversaries.

Loading comments...

Wake up with today's top stories.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
or
Please enter a valid email
BostonGlobe.com will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com