Report: Hamas officials can't leave Gaza for Schalit talks

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January 30, 2011 13:15

 
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Palestinian sources reported Sunday that the closure of the border between Gaza and Egypt at the Rafah crossing has prevented Hamas officials from heading to Damascus to discuss the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit.

The Hamas officials were expected to meet with German negotiator Gerard Conrad in an attempt to reach a prisoner swap deal.

The sources also reported that Egyptian security forces were deployed in force in northern Sinai along the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing.

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