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."

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.

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