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Captive Israeli soldier injured during Israeli assault on Gaza
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10:39, February 22, 2009

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Captive Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit was injured during the Israeli three-week military offensive on the Gaza Strip ended on Jan. 18, a London-based Saudi Daily reported Saturday.

Shalit was abducted in June 2006 during a triple military attack on an Israel's army base carried out by Hamas armed wing and two other minor militant ground, including the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC).

Abu Abeer, spokesman of Sallah el-Dein Brigades, PRC armed wing told the Saudi Arabia London-based al-Hayat that "I can confirm that Shalit was injured during the war, and Israel is fully responsible for his safety."

The spokesman declined to give any more details on how serious Shalit's injuries were, adding "every piece of information about Shalit has to have a price and we are keen not to reveal everything."

Israel carried out an intensive military air and ground offensive on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip from Dec. 27, last year, during which Israel killed around 1,400 people and destroyed thousands of houses and buildings.

As Hamas movement's delegation was about to declare an 18-month-truce with Israel, the Israeli government official informed Egypt that "there will be no truce in Gaza before Shalit is getting released."

"We have been holding Shalit for two years, and we don't mind to keep him in captivity for longer periods. Even if we hold him forever in order to free our prisoners in Israeli jails," said AbuAbeer.

He added that the Egyptian mediators informed the Palestinian captors that the Israeli decision to link between declaring a truce and releasing Shalit "is an undermine to the Egyptian efforts."

"We are totally convinced now that a prisoners swap with Israelis becoming imminent according to the lists of names we had presented to Israel through the Egyptian mediators," said Abu Abeer.

Shalit's captors insist that Israel has to release around 1,450prisoners in exchange to free Shalit, including 450 who have been sent to long-term sentences, 550 women, children and sick prisoners, and 450 prisoners including Hamas ministers and lawmakers.

Source: Xinhua




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