Hamas: Israel Reneging on Prisoner Releases

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas officials said Israel is reneging on the release of Palestinian prisoners serving long prison sentences and those convicted of murder.

Quoting Palestinian sources, London's Arabic daily al-Sharq al-Awsat said Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman informed Hamas that Israel will not release prisoners serving long sentences for terror acts or those convicted of murdering Israelis.

One female prisoner Hamas wants back is Amna Muna, convicted for complicity in the murder of 16-year-old Ofir Nahum in January 2001.

According to the article, Hamas and Egyptian mediators believe that Israel will give in to all their demands in exchange for kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Shalit has been held captive since June 25, 2006, when a Gaza-based Palestinian terror cell infiltrated Israel near the IDF outpost at the Kerem Shalom border crossing. The terrorists killed two soldiers, injured three and captured Shalit.

There has been little progress on terms for his release in more than two years of negotiations.

Source: YNet news

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