Report: Hamas refused to abolish kidnapping IDF soldiers

October 14, 2011 12:13

Hamas did not agree to an Israeli request to abolish plans for any future kidnappings as part of the prisoner-swap agreement signed between Israel and the Islamist group, a Palestinian source told the London-based Al Hayat on Friday.

According to the source, Israel - which will release more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped tank gunner Gilad Schalit - agreed not to target any of the prisoners once they have been freed.

The source said that Hamas has also expected the naval blockade of Gaza to lighten following the conclusion of the exchange, Al Hayat reported.

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