updated 11/17/2008 9:35:47 AM ET 2008-11-17T14:35:47

Israeli and Palestinian officials say Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has promised to free 250 Palestinian prisoners next month.

The move would be the latest in a series of prisoner releases meant as goodwill gestures to moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Negotiator Saeb Erekat says Olmert informed Abbas of the planned release during a meeting in Jerusalem on Monday.

Olmert spokesman David Baker has confirmed the release, but says a date has not yet been set. The gesture is meant to coincide with an upcoming Muslim holiday.

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