Hamas: Talks to free Gilad Schalit frozen because of Israel, Egypt

Hamas' senior leader in the Gaza Strip said on Wednesday that talks on exchanging kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit for Palestinian prisoners had been frozen. Mahmoud Zahar said that the Egyptian-mediated negotiations had broken down because Israel wouldn't meet Hamas demands to release prisoners convicted of murdering Israelis. Zahar also said that the talks had stalled because Israel and Egypt wouldn't open their border crossings with Gaza. Both countries sealed the border after Hamas seized power in Gaza in June 2007.