Hamas Threatens Israel with More Kidnappings

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Hamas operatives said they are "planning more kidnappings in the future," al-Risalah, the terror group's weekend newspaper reported on Sunday, according to Israel Radio.

"The resistance is coming closer to conducting another kidnapping," the paper's editorial stated, citing "increasing Israeli concerns."

"[Israel is] worried about another kidnapping because such a step would pressure the government to consent to Palestinian demands," the author claimed.

It's far from the first time the Palestinian faction controlling the Gaza Strip has threatened to abduct more Israeli soldiers. Hamas threatens to kidnap more soldiers periodically.

The terror group corroborated in a cross-border attack on an army outpost near the Kerem Shalom border with Gaza on June 25, 2006, killing two soldiers, wounding three and kidnapping IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit.

Since his abduction, Shalit has been denied any visits by the International Red Cross or family members. Successive negotiations for a prisoner exchange have broken down due to the demand for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, some serving time for terror attacks with multiple casualities, in exchange for Shalit.

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