Israel knows the whereabouts of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, a senior Jerusalem official told London-based newspaper Asharq Alawsat on Sunday. The official said that the government knew where Schalit was initially taken immediately after his kidnapping, that it had consistently known where he was being held and that Hamas was aware of this. Israel has avoided carrying out a rescue operation in order to prevent Schalit from being harmed, the official reportedly said. Furthermore, Hamas has wrecked the chances of an Israeli military maneuver by booby trapping the location where Schalit is being held and placing explosive devices nearly half a kilometer around the hideout, he was quoted as saying. The source told Asharq Alawsat that Schalit's captors planned to kill him if Israel tried to free him by force. The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the report. On Saturday, Noam Schalit, the captive soldier's father, told the press that despite the release of a videotape the previous day, the status of the diplomatic track to free his son was unclear. When asked in a television interview about Israel's reported knowledge of his son's whereabouts, Schalit commented on the publication's credibility, stating that "Asharq Alawsat has reported several times in the past that Gilad is in Egypt."