Senior Hamas official denies Turkish media report on Schalit deal

Senior Hamas leader Osama al-Muzaini denied Turkish media reports that a deal for the release of over kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Schalit could be reached by Tuesday and said that no progress has been made on the subject, Army Radio reported late on Saturday morning. Muzaini claimed that the reports regarding Scahlit were "motivated by political motives ahead of the elections in Israel." According to the Turkish news channel CNN Turk on Friday, which could not be confirmed by the Jerusalem Post, Turkish officials were discussing a possible deal with Hamas leaders in Damascus.