Report: Israel hands reply to mediator, Hamas unlikely to lower demands

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Israel has handed its latest response to the prisoner exchange deal offered by Hamas to secure the release of captured IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit, Reuters reported overnight Monday. An official familiar with the talks told the news agency that Hamas would not lower its demands upon receiving Israel's reply. He added that any agreement would have to be approved by the terrorist organization's leadership in Damascus.