ASHKELON, Israel (AP) _ Buses pulled away from an Israeli jail at daybreak Friday, signaling the start of the release of 151 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli lockups, part of an interim peace accord signed Sept. 4.

The prisoners will be driven to five points in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and released. Israeli officials said 83 will be taken to Gaza, including 37 citizens of Arab countries, jailed for attacking Israelis or for crossing the border illegally.

Israel freed a first group of 199 prisoners on Sept. 9. The second release was held up for a week by a disagreement over which prisoners were to be freed.