Gaza families on Schalit: No deal

Hamas official Zahar vows "to continue" until prisoners released.

July 4, 2010 14:43
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Demonstrators in Gaza congregated at the house of top Hamas official Dr. Mahmoud Zahar Sunday, calling on him not to give in to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's deal to free Schalit.

Zahar obliged them, saying "we promise to continue this way even if our blood is shed, in order to release the prisoners from jail. We will continue on their course until the prisoners are released."

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Netanyahu offered to free 1,000 Hamas prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, but will not free the most dangerous terrorists, and would not allow released prisoners back to the West Bank. The demonstrators in Gaza did not agree with these terms.

Zahar went on to say that "we are responsible for serving the citizen and our people, led by the prisoners and their families, and we promise to do all we can for the hero prisoners to return to their homes and families. We have no plans to give up on our prisoners' freedom. We are close to reaching our goals of releasing the prisoners and having all the refugees return to their homes.

To the prisoners, he said "we won't give up on you, and no matter how long it takes, we won't give up before we see you free."

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