Egypt: Kassam rocket firing holds up Schalit deal

April 29, 2007 18:45


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Negotiations to free captured soldier Gilad Schalit in exchange for Palestinian prisoners were put on hold after Egyptian mediators rushed to shore up a collapsing truce between both sides. Col. Burhan Hamad, head of an Egyptian security delegation in Gaza, said dealing with the collapsing truce had forced his team to put aside the negotiations on freeing Schalit for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. Hamad said the Egyptian security delegation would not restart negotiations on a swap until all Palestinian factions abided by the truce. "We haven't set up another meeting yet, because there's still not a cease-fire," he said. "Let's stop rockets first."

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