Schalit captors want suicide attack planner freed

April 9, 2007 13:36


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Palestinian media reported Monday morning that captors of Cpl. Gilad Schalit were demanding the release of Hassan Salameh as part of a prisoner swap deal to release the soldier. Salameh is responsible for planning several suicide attacks against Israel which were carried out as a response to an IDF assassination in 1996, Israel Radio reported Monday. Also among those Hamas want released are jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti who is currently serving five life sentences for murdering Israelis and Ahmed Sadat, the PFLP's secretary- general, responsible for the assassination of former tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi. Hamas is also demanding the release of Fuad Shubaki, a high-ranking Fatah official and the paymaster of the 2001 Karine-A affair, during which the IDF intercepted a Gaza-bound Iranian weapons ship.

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