Hamas Claims 'New Letter' from Shalit

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior member of the Hamas terror group, claims to have a new letter from imprisoned Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Hamas security forces have held Shalit captive since June 25, 2006, when he was kidnapped from an IDF outpost near Gaza during a cross-border attack that left two soldiers dead and three wounded.

According to the Kuwaiti daily al-Jareida, Marzouk met with Ahmed al-Jabari, leader of Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the so-called military wing of Hamas, in the Gaza Strip, who gave him Shalit's letter.

Marzouk, who serves as deputy to Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal in Damascus, planned to deliver the letter to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem.

Last week's trip to the Gaza Strip, allegedly to visit his aged mother, was the exiled leader's first in 30 years. Egypt coordinated the visit.

Following Israel's three-week military operation in the Gaza Strip, Marzouk told the London-based Arabic paper al-Hayat that Shalit may have been injured during the fighting.

"I don't have enough information, but Shalit may have been among the children who died. But I really don't know," Marzouk told al-Hayat.

IDF intelligence officials dismissed Marzouk's remarks as psychological warfare meant to dishearten Israelis.

Sources: Ynet news, Haaretz, israel national news

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