Hamas Deputy: Videotape of Gilad Shalit

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CBNNews.com - DAMASCUS, Syria - Damascus-based Hamas deputy Moussa Abu Marzouk said he was given a videotape of kidnapped IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Cpl. Gilad Shalit during his visit to the Gaza Strip at the end of last month.

Shalit was kidnapped in June 2006 in a cross-border attack on an IDF outpost near the Kerem Shalom crossing at the border with Gaza.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida, quoting Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, Ahmad Jabari, commander of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, delivered the videotape, along with a letter, to Marzouk.

The article states that Marzouk gave the letter to Syrian Foreign Ministry officials and held on to the videotape, which shows Shalit alive and well, to use as a bargaining chip in a prisoner exchange with Israel.

Marzouk allegedly told Egyptian mediators about the videotape, but said the contents would not be made public until significant progress on a prisoner exchange is made.

On Sunday, Shalit's parents set up a protest tent outside outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Jerusalem residence.

"We will sit outside Olmert's house so he sees us when he wakes up in the morning," Shalit's father, Noam, told reporters.

Across the street, parents whose children were killed by Palestinian terrorists, called on the government not to release convicted murderers in a prisoner exchange, but to seek other ways to secure the release of Shalit.

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz

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