'Hizbullah didn't coordinate exchange'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 19, 2007 08:35

PFLP hopes to be included in future prisoner negotiations between Israel and Lebanese group.

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'Hizbullah didn't coordinate exchange'

Daweet 224.88. (photo credit: Channel 10)

A spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) was quoted by Israel Radio on Friday as saying there had been no coordination between IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit's captors and Hizbullah ahead of Monday's exchange deal with the Lebanese group. However, the spokesman said, the groups should perhaps coordinate such activities in the future in order to avoid overlaps in the lists of prisoners they want freed. Israel received the body of Ethiopian immigrant Gavriel Daweet, 27, who drowned in 2005 and washed up on Lebanon's shores, in exchange for the bodies of two Hizbullah fighters and another prisoner. The PFLP was one of the groups involved in Schalit's kidnapping. Meanwhile, Daweet's family claimed the authorities never told them his body was in Lebanon, despite being aware of this fact for years. "We're talking about an innocent civilian and a quiet family, not [businessman and former Hizbullah captive] Elhanan Tennenbaum," the family said. "They hid information from us - even today, we don't have information. ... If this were another family, the treatment would have been different." In response, the IDF said the information on Daweet's whereabouts had not been withheld. "As a rule, we don't usually give out sensitive intelligence information and how it was received," the army said. "In this case, since this wasn't an IDF soldier, the information was passed to the civilian authorities." A government representative said the authorities had waited for the head of the Forensics Institute at Abu Kabir to identify the body unequivocally before informing the family.


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