Red Cross discussing role in Schalit exchange with Hamas

By REUTERS
October 13, 2011 15:36




GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has offered to play a neutral intermediary role in the exchange of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit for Palestinian prisoners and is in talks with both Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers, an ICRC spokesman said on Thursday.

"We are talking to both sides about our offer. We have offered our services as a neutral intermediary to both sides," ICRC spokesman Marcal Izard told Reuters in response to an inquiry.

Israel and Hamas Islamist rulers have reached a deal to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Schalit, a 25-year-old held captive in Gaza since 2006.   


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