The Israeli army released several female criminal prisoners from Nablus Central Prison on Thursday evening.

After the intervention of the Red Cross, the army released 13 female prisoners from the central prison of Nablus which the army has been besieging for the last two days, claiming that "wanted" Palestinians are hiding inside.

Troops, tanks and jeeps have been besieging the central governmental and security compound in Nablus since Wednesday morning, trapping both Police officers and prisoners inside.  Five Palestinians were killed in initial clashes with the army and three of the bodies were released on Thursday morning, after intervention from Red Cross.

The compound is still being surrounded by Israeli military forces on Friday and it is believed that approximately 110 criminal prisoners are still being held inside, local sources reported.