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Deal for Release of American Held in Egypt (Ilan Grapel)
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JERUSALEM Israel announced on Monday that it had reached an agreement with Egypt, with American assistance, for the release of Ilan Grapel, an American law student from Queens who also holds Israeli citizenship.

Mr. Grapel, who was arrested in Egypt in June and charged with spying for Israel, is to be exchanged for 25 Egyptians, among them three minors, held in Israeli jails.

Egyptian state television made a similar announcement on Monday, Agence France-Presse reported.

No date was given for the release but it is expected to take place within days. The Israeli security cabinet is to convene on Tuesday to approve the agreement; because the Egyptians slated to be released are not classified as security prisoners, there is not likely to be much opposition to the deal.

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