ICRC says it's spoken with Hamas about Schalit for years

June 24, 2011 09:17


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International Committee of the Red Cross in Israel spokesman Ran Goldstein told Israel Radio on Friday that his organization has been in dialogue with Hamas for the past five years about the case and conditions of Gilad Schalit's captivity.

The organization has spoken with Hamas both in the Gaza Strip as well as various other locations, Goldstein said, in an attempt to convince the Gaza-based group to allow it access to the IDF soldier and to allow contact between Schalit and his family. He noted that the ICRC is more concerned about Schalit today more than ever, which led it to make public statements ahead of the fifth anniversary of his captivity.

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