Hamas's spokesman in Gaza's Khan Younis Hammad al-Ruqab called on Tuesday on Palestinians to kidnap Israeli soldiers to use as bargaining chips in prisoner exchanges, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported.

According to the report, al-Ruqab said militant groups, particularly Hamas's al-Qassam Brigades, should abduct soldiers, "whatever the cost."

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In October, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit.


On Monday, Israel and Palestinian security prisoners signed an Egyptian-mediated deal to end a 28-day hunger strike by inmates.