Israel's cabinet has approved the release of five Palestinian prisoners as the final step of a prisoner exchange with Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.

Israeli officials say none of the prisoners were involved in deadly attacks against Israel.

The release of the Palestinians comes as part of an agreement last month in which Israel freed five Lebanese prisoners and returned the remains of nearly 200 Arab fighters in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers.

The two soldiers were captured by Hezbollah in a raid that triggered the 2006 Lebanon war.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.