Mashaal: Schalit deal luminous page in Palestinian history

October 18, 2011 20:39

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal praised on Tuesday the deal to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, calling it a "luminous page in the national history of the Arab and Islamic nation of Palestine."

The head of Hamas's political bureau in Damascus said in Cairo that it was a "miracle" that Hamas was able to hold on to Schalit and fend of Israeli intelligence efforts to release him for five years.

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