JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel was on Sunday preparing to release 550 Palestinian prisoners who will be freed after nightfall to complete a swap deal which brought about the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit. The release operation was to take place late in the evening, when the prisoners would be bussed to drop-off points near the West Bank city of Ramallah and along the Gaza border. The Israel Prisons Service said the prisoners would depart from Ayalon prison near Tel Aviv at 7:00 pm and would be released to the West Bank, Gaza Strip, east Jerusalem and the Jordan border three hours later. Among the prisoners earmarked for release is Salah Hamuri, a French-Palestinian. There are also six women. Unlike in the first stage of the deal, which saw the release in October of 477 Palestinians including hundreds serving life for killing Israelis, Sunday's operation will not include anyone "with blood on their hands," officials on both sides said. The Israel Prisons Service said 41 of those to be freed would be returned to their homes in Gaza, two to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, two to Jordan and the remainder to the occupied West Bank. Palestinian officials said there would be a brief welcome ceremony for the West Bank prisoners at the Muqataa presidential compound, but that president Mahmud Abbas would not be present as he would be travelling to Turkey during the evening. The list of names was published on Wednesday, and an appeal to delay the deal lodged by Israeli victims of Palestinian attacks was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday, clearing the way for the operation to go ahead. The names of the prisoners to be released were selected by Israel, and none of them belong to Hamas or Islamic Jihad. Israeli officials said priority had been given to members of Abbas's secular Fatah movement. Under the landmark swap deal agreed with Gaza's Hamas rulers in October, Israel agreed to free 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit, who had been held in Hamas captivity in Gaza for more than five years. It was the first time in 26 years that a captured soldier has been returned to Israel alive.