Hamas: Red Cross can't visit Schalit

September 6, 2007 14:15

Official: "If Israel knows where he is, they might blow up the place to kill him and end the affair."

Hamas: Red Cross can't visit Schalit

schalit in uniform 248.88. (photo credit: Courtesy of Gilad Schalit's family)

A senior Hamas official announced on Thursday that his organization would not allow the Red Cross to visit kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Schalit, Army Radio reported. "If Israel knows where he is located, they might blow the place up in order to bring about his death and end the whole affair," he said. He added that Hamas had received no new offers to free Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Schalit, but that there was movement on the issue and that other officials were mediating between the two sides after the Egyptians stopped their mediation efforts. The comments came after an Associated Press report on Wednesday that Cpl. Gilad Schalit's kidnappers "may permit" International Committee of the Red Cross representatives to visit him - a report that the ICRC later denied. ICRC officials have constantly demanded that Schalit be allowed visitors and to send messages to his family, but these requests have been denied, Bana Sayeh of the ICRC's east Jerusalem office said on Wednesday.

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