Top Hamas official: Shalit to be freed during Ramadan

Nazareth paper: Hamas will free soldier if its leaders are allowed to return to Gaza.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 6, 2006 01:21
Top Hamas official: Shalit to be freed during Ramadan

Gilad Shalit 298 88. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Captured IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit will be released during the month of Ramadan, in the next three weeks," estimated Ahmed Youssef, political adviser to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday morning. Meanwhile, a Nazareth newspaper reported Friday that Hamas leaders in Damascus had set a new condition for the release of Shalit - Israel must allow Khaled Mashaal and other key Hamas figures to return to the Gaza Strip. What's new on JPost.com The Hamas leadership in Syria has agreed on principle to release Shalit in exchange for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, according to a report that in the Arab-Israeli newspaper A-Sinara. The report, which was based on senior Arab and Palestinian sources, said the organization's leaders in Damascus would be willing to free Shalit, recognize Israel, and acknowledge previous agreements if their conditions were met. Israeli sources have yet to confirm the report. The report, together with Yousef's statement, seemed to contrast Haniyeh's comments Thursday that Hamas would reject the Arab peace initiative and would not recognize Israel.


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